It always seems impossible until it’s done. We have to have faith that the lightbulb will turn on. Without that, the impossible will remain impossible. Have belief in yourself, confidence in your ideas and courage in your pursuits. It doesn’t matter how crazy people think you are – if you put your mind to it, it can be done. And when the impossible becomes possible, that’s when the magic happens. If Thomas Edison had given up at the first sign of the impossible, we never would have had the lightbulb at all.
To be rich is often synonymous with having a great deal of money. But we can create riches beyond money and possessions from within. We can be rich in love, friendship, family. We can be rich in knowledge, ideas, experience. And when we realise that richness often doesn’t come from money or what money can buy, we will also be rich in happiness. It’s all within us already. Don’t miss out.
Why not bet on yourself? You are in control. You are capable and smart. You are determined and relentless. You have ideas and beliefs. You’ve got everything you need to start right now. You don’t need permission. You don’t need to meet any expectations. You don’t need to pass any tests. Have faith in yourself and you’ll take yourself wherever you want to go. Why bet on yourself? Because it’s too dangerous not to.
Some people are going to say that your ideas are stupid. Don’t listen to them. People ridiculed the idea that the earth revolved around the sun. The truth is, people tend to put down things they don’t understand or put down things that contradict their way of thinking. Don’t let that stop you from pursuing your ideas. We won’t ever move forward if we don’t think differently. Show those doubters, non-believers and haters. Switch on a lightbulb in the darkness they’re trying to shut you in.
It’s easy to spout an opinion. It’s easy to pass judgement. It’s easy to talk about how life should be. But it really means nothing without action. Sure, we need an idea and a vision, but that’s all they’ll ever be if we don’t put them into action ourselves. We need to stop telling and start doing. We need to stop expecting it all from others and start leading by example. We inspire, motivate and nurture others through practicing what we preach not just preaching what we should practice. Every movement starts with someone putting it into motion. The action is the match that ignites the flame.
Dare to try. Only when we try can we reap the rewards. Because whether we fall flat or soar higher, we’ll see what works and what doesn’t. How can we ever progress without trying? How can we ever grow without failing? Don’t be afraid of mistakes. They’re an essential ingredient to any success. In the end, making mistakes will help you soar higher than ever before. The only time we’ve really failed is when we stop daring to try.
The greatest gift we can give ourselves is having enough confidence in ourselves: in our voice, in our opinions, in our ideas, and in our capabilities. The truth is, our voice counts, even if it doesn’t ring the loudest. Our opinions matter, because they add colour to a black and white picture. Our ideas make a mark on the world, when we have courage to pursue them. Our capabilities are a special combination that cannot be found anywhere else. Our lack of confidence is unfounded. We’re all amazing in our own way. Let’s believe in ourselves! And let the magic unfold.
Many of us lack confidence in our own ideas. We’re afraid to raise our hand or put anything on the table, because we’re scared of looking stupid. But the truth is, our world is just a puzzle of ideas. Our systems, functions, processes are all ideas. And the only way they become our reality is when people are brave enough to share them. Sure, some ideas need refining and tuning. But an idea is an idea. They’re all cloaked in impossibility and impracticality. Strip away those fears. If others can do it, so can you. The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
The very connotations surrounding the definition of ‘selfish’ are negative: “lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure”. But sometimes the only way we can ever become selfless is through being selfish. If we do not pursue our own passions, if we cannot be ourselves, if we do not take care of ourselves – if we are basically empty inside – then what do we have to offer and give each other? When we follow our own ideas, we bring new perspectives into the world. When we learn to be ourselves, we inspire confidence in others. When we understand how to make ourselves happy, we radiate happiness into the world. By being a little selfish once in a while, the world will blossom.
We all have so much to offer the world, beyond what we realise is valuable, worthy, or important: love, wisdom, appreciation, support, determination, passion, ideas, humour, peace. Our words and actions do not go unnoticed, whether a simple thank you, making someone laugh, lending an ear, sharing an idea, helping someone out, and so on. We don’t need to have stacks of cash or great popularity or extensive knowledge to be worthy and needed. You have worth. You have purpose. You have so much to share. The gift you offer another person is just your being. Do not hide it away.