I was reading a book awhile back by Jules Verne called Robar the Conqueror. It was a pretty decent book. I have to admit that I couldn’t really get into it, but I did learn a lesson or two about conquering fears from that book.
You see, in that book you had a “hero” that was admittedly afraid of everything ended up being the bravest. It was the coward that had helped his friends conquer their foes.
The same happens in real life all the time. Sure people like Steve Jobs, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and others had demonstrated incredible courage, but it was not without lack of fear. There are many times when they all said that they feared for their lives. (Steve because of natural causes)
But these guys didn’t act in fear. They acted in spite of fear. What they did is fully expressed their fears. They did not try to pretend that it didn’t affect them. They told the world that they were afraid, but because they were strong in their reasoning why they were doing what they were doing, they still persisted and got help along the way.
I want you to consider that today. You’re allowed to be afraid. In fact, you should EMBRACE your fears. Recognize that they are there to let you know that you’re pushing your boundaries and that you’re about to happen upon something great.
Remember like they always say. If it doesn’t scare you, it won’t change you.
Jerry “no fear (ok maybe a little)” Washington
P.S. When you start to move forward in life you will find that you will ALWAYS have help. Think of it like the homeless person on the street. He has to sit on the corner and beg all day so that he can eat for one day. Meanwhile, the celebrity can walk into a restaurant and eat for free. It’s all a matter of where your momentum lies. If you want to join a group that can help you identify your purpose and help you on your journey to success click to join my private Facebook group Project SELFFY. Talk soon…
If you’re just checking in, I just got back from a wildly extravagant trip to the Bahamas that had me hanging out with celebrities and millionaires. I didn’t expect it, but I had been planning something like this for awhile…
You see briznit, like a farmer, I’ve been tilling the fields working hard to plant seeds of faith and setting up a pond as a reserve just in case the rain doesn’t come as scheduled. In doing that, I had the confidence to take a 2-week vacation that had me in a Lamborghini and two Rolls Royces in Miami and on a luxury yacht in the Bahamas.
Oh no, I didn’t pay for any of these things, in case you were wondering…
The thing that I’m getting at here broham is that whatever you are doing in life, you have to build forgiveness into the land. Warren Buffet was once asked at a shareholders meeting why he kept 20 billion dollars in the bank. It’s not something that an investment company normally does so it’s a legitimate question.
He said that he doesn’t want to bet on the kindness of strangers. And what he meant by that was that he didn’t want to be forced into trying to make a deal with someone simply because he didn’t have the cash on hand to make the deal.
The same goes with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for 20 years in the NBA and as a big man (7″2′) he was not expected to spend much time on the court. Turns out he hardly missed a game in his 20 years and played on 6 (!) championship teams simply because he put the extra work in by practicing yoga. And this was during a time (1970-1980 something) when yoga wasn’t even a thing.
It’s all about investing before you need to. Putting in the extra time for things that you know you might need later. It even works for relationships… you can practice acts of kindness by giving to another person. It doesn’t just have to be Valentine’s day or Christmas. There’s no rules to giving…
At the end of the day Michael Brordan, it comes down to this. You get out what you put in. You shouldn’t have to rely on the random acts of strangers to brighten your day because your days should always be bright with your giving to the cause. Having a reserve or a buffer for anytime you might make a mistake is key, because nobody is perfect.
Set yourself up for success by always having reserves for the important things in life like the four pillars of the General Fitness Program Fun, Fitness, Finance, and Fulfillment. To learn more about how you can do this and set yourself up for a life of almost guaranteed success. Click here to contact me directly.
Jerry “had a farm” Washington
P.S. If you live in the Philadelphia area and want to talk more about this with a group of like-minded people join my private Facebook group where we discuss topics like this and much more. Here’s the link: Project SELFFY Philadelphia
I don’t even think you can give those buckets away now.
You ever wonder why great product disappear?
I mean sure they had a few flaws, actually they were one of the better one’s if my memory serves me right…
Regardless…the reason why they are now better hockey pucks than music players is because the company that made them, thought that the people were buying music players, so they set out to make the absolute best music players.
But what people really were buying was a conveniently portable music experience…
Welp Mr. Jobs –his friends called him Steve– stepped up and said that his “computer company” would produce this experience (with less song capability to boot) and the rest is iPod history.
So what can we learn from this?
Well I learned that if you really get to the core of what people want in life, be it more music, convenience, or fitness you can really start getting into the heart of what is truly innovative.
It’s hard to be authentic when you are focusing on what you are doing and how well you’re doing it.
It’s not about the failures and successes briznit.
It’s not about the “how” much you love her or “what” you do to make money.
Stay with me broham…
It’s about your purpose. Your very reason for existence on this planet. You were not put on this planet to work 90 hour weeks and be in debt, but still never see your family…
Freedom is what you seek
And It’s not the system.
It’s us that need to change.
Start with “why.” Simon Sinek said it best in his book titled…Start With Why (why, of course).
Why, is not where your complete your journey, but it can shed some light on certain issues that may need a new beginning.
Jerry “changemaker” Washington
P.S. When you’re wrong you’re wrong and sometimes it takes others to point out those mistakes. You gotta drink your medicine sometimes, right?
Anyhoo, I’m fortunate to have a supportive group of people that have helped me get to the point I am in life. I have a feeling that they might be able to help you too.
Project SELFFY is a Facebook group I created that discusses these same issues in life. I’d consider it a pretty good resource (if I do say so myself) Feel free to join the conversation. Talk soon…