Archive for November, 2007
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”
As you discover your own creativity, there’s a good chance you’ll face some adversity. Don’t let it get you down. If adversity or criticism or isolation comes, see it for what it is. Find your own genius and the world will be a better place. Let no one stifle your voice.
Let’s walk through the stages of the Hero’s Journey. The first is The Ordinary World. The hero is in their everyday life. This sets a contrast for what is to come. In many myths, the ordinary world is mundane and uninteresting. What is the everyday world for today’s youth? Obviously, it varies. For many youth, the ordinary world actually is mundane and uninteresting. How many youth have adults who champion their uniqueness, spur them on to adventure and encourage them to explore? Many youth face a world that encourages uniformity and conformity; that doesn‚t do a great job at challenging and bringing out greatness. Many youth live in a world of obstacles and little encouragement. So as we start, the ordinary world is looking rather mediocre and, in some cases, dispiriting. More stages to come…
Are you a manager or an aspiring manager? Managing is a significant task. As a manager you are directly affecting the lives of those you manage. You are also responsible for meeting the goals of your organization. Take managing seriously on both fronts and you will excel. Know the impacts of your actions on those who work for you and do what is needed to reach those goals. Study, observe and know that your actions matter.
A friend sent me a video that I had to share with you. It is a beautiful example of allowing your talents to come through to the world. It is the story of a car phone salesman, Paul Potts, on a British talent show who has wonderful voice and sings opera. He knocks everyone out.
It is true for all of us, you know. We each have a talent as beautiful as his. And it is quite a journey to let your talent shine. Paul had to overcome shyness and bullying as a child. He did it and the moment he sang, the audience embraced him.
Experiences at work can dim the brilliance of your talent. You may not have discovered yours yet or your talent does not fit with your work. Your life‚s journey is about alignment. Will you align the talent that makes you shine with the work you do? That is the gift each of us can give the world.