01 September, 2010

The Key to Success

Often, we have a passion to do something or be someone. We start coming up with a long list of excuses as to why we aren't ready to do 'it'. Things like -- "I don't have a website" or " I don't have business cards" or "I don't have room for an office" or "There's already enough of that in the market" are some common ones. This is just our mind playing games with us. Your soul speaks softly but persistently, while your mind tends to come accross as a stereotypical "used car salesman", listing all the reasons why 'not to buy' a particular goal or dream.

We set-up roadblocks for ourselves by trying to figure out or guess what everyone else's reactions are going to be to whatever it is we're wanting to do. You always have to start somewhere, and the best way to learn is from experience, out in the field.

Most importantly, we have to do the 'thing' for ourselves first. Whether its painting, blogging, acting or joggling, if you don't get any enjoyment out of it, no one else will, either. Whether you do, it has to be the kind of thing that you'd be willing even if you weren't getting paid for it.

Here's an example: Michael Jordan often said that if he wasn't getting paid to play professional basketball, he'd still be playing somewhere, anywhere, because he get so much enjoyment of it. He never started playing with the intention of "I'm going to be rich and famous from this." Rather, he did what he naturally felt inclined to do, and look what happens when you're in the flow of doing what you are here for -- magic happens.

source: jen and tommy

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