I’m average in almost every way. I’m not short, but in Japan I look pretty big. I’m not bald, but my forehead keeps getting bigger. I’m good looking to my wife and my mom says I’m handsome, but I have never been nominated for the 100 Most Beautiful People. When I applied to the CIA I got all the way to the final of five interviews before the psychiatrist must have failed me. I would have been a great spy because there is nothing spectacular about me.
Perhaps that is what makes me great, my total averageness (probably not a real word, but I like it). Some people were born with incredible gifts. I am not great at anything except being good a lot things. However, I have never been good at anything instantly. I have always had to work and work at things until I can say I achieved any level of competency. My incredible gift is persistence. I am very good at not giving up.
You see, each of us has something of great value inside, but most people stop before the world can share in their great gift. Most people truly hide their talent for fear of failing; consequently, they fail. I am responsible for my own success or failure and I get to determine what my success is. Before you are too hard on yourself remember that the genius Einstein frequently got lost walking home.
Stop being a pawn in the system and letting others determine your success. Best selling author and over achiever Seth Godin wrote, “Stop settling for what’s good enough and start creating art that matters. Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people. Then, and only then, will you have achieved your potential.”
I write this post today because life is good. However, there is opposition to everything I do. There is good in my life, there is bad, but I am happy. I have been knocked around and I got up. I have had major health issues and significant business issues resulted from my absence. I have still have visions of grandeur and I hope you do too.
I will finish with Seth Godin:
“You have brilliance in you, your contribution is valuable, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must. I’m hoping you’ll stand up and choose to make a difference.”
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