Quote of the Episode:
“Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
– Abraham Lincoln
We live in a society that leads us to believe that effort is as laudable as achievement. Little league teams give participation trophies, whether the team wins or not. Long-time employees receive awards for perfect attendance.
Sadly, getting a sense of fulfillment out of life isn’t so simple.
The big wins – the kind we all dream about, the nice house in a good school district, the fancy car, and gorgeous spouse – those things are only attained through consistent, repeated effort, and success over time.
During basic training there are certain recruits who make a conscious decision to “gray man it.” They pick their spot in the middle of the pack, and do just enough to get by. They’re not great, but they aren’t terrible, either. By keeping their heads down, most can skate by without drawing too much attention.
Life, and fortune, do not favor the gray man (or woman).
Look at the statistics of the average American:
Is that the life you want? If not, make the conscious decision to stop accepting an average life, and take action to express your brilliance.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
- A participation trophy isn’t nearly as satisfying as a victory.
- The life of your dreams will never tolerate mediocrity.
- You’re full of gifts and talents that were meant to inspire others. Your life is bigger than yourself.
Music Credit: Great Days by Joakim Karud