If there’s no chance you can become the best at it,
you shouldn’t be wasting your time doing it.
If anything is worth doing it’s worth being the best.
Now please understand that being the best may not be measured by social standards. In other words, you may not get a lot of recognition or applause.
Being the best is measured by your standards. Being the very best you have the potential to be.
Van Gogh only sold one painting during his entire life. There were over 900 paintings that were not sold until long after his death.
True professionals and artists create their art for the sake of creating their art.
Not for accolades, money or applause.
Being the best means following your heart. It means bringing your unique gifts and genius to the world and developing them to your absolute ultimate potential. It means living your own authentic purpose, not someone else’s.
You see, seeking support from others keeps many locked in the herd mentality of mediocrity. How about you? Following the herd made sense when we were back on the Serengeti and there was a threat of predators and wild beasts. Not anymore.
Most who follow the crowd get absolutely lost in it.
Following the herd stifles creativity, innovation and art.
Seeking support from others is like Monopoly money. It may look and feel good, but you can’t really spend it; and it stifles and weakens self-reliance.
To become an artist you must commit fully to your craft. You must be brutally honest with yourself about your own inherent abilities and talents. And you must commit yourself to developing them fully and completely until the end of your days.
Benefits for being the best are ten times better for the person who is number one versus the person, company or team at number ten.
Not only psychically, mentally and emotionally, but the potential for monetary rewards is ten times greater as well.
If you have any hope of ever being the best, being your own personal best, you have to ensure that you’re using your own talents and tools. What I call your unique genius.
If you have any hope of ever being the best, you have
to ensure that you’re using your own talents and tools.
Not what society tells you is exciting or can make the most money.
To find this you must take an honest self-assessment. A brutally honest self-assessment. Ask yourself:
- What are my hobbies or interests?
- What am I naturally attracted to that I’ve been attracted to my entire life? (Not something that has been socialized into me to seem attractive. Not something that I think is a good way to make money).
- What am I naturally good at?
- If money were no issue, what productive activity would I spend my days doing?
I was being interviewed recently and the host told me, “When I heard you speak of finding your unique genius my first response was ‘No! I don’t want to be good at that!’”
While this may seem odd at first, I promise you that it’s common. The socially programmed operating system has its teeth in us all. Deep in us.
Regardless of what you’ve been told or what you may think, it’s not about the money; it’s about doing what you’re here to do for the sheer joy of doing it!
When you answer these questions honestly, which is tough given what I’ve described above, you’ll be well on your way to beginning at the beginning.
Beginning to build your own authentic life.
You are who you are. It’s folly to reject this identity,
to flee from it or attempt to
alter it. Stand up! Embrace your calling!
Take the action that you know you must take!
~ Bhagavad Gita
Stay Awake, Love Life and Be Epic!