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.
Everything begins with an idea, unbounded by reality and materiality. It may come to us on the train to work, in the middle of a conversation, in a gust of frustration, or right before we fall asleep. Combined with a pulsing heart and an urgent itch, ideas quickly become concrete in print and form when nurtured and encouraged. They transform into a necessity, a catalyst, a phenomenon, a game changer. And it all began with an idea. Why not yours?
What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve – Norman Vincent Peale
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We have all the ideas. We should not follow other people just because we think that our ideas are too out of reach. We have all the resources. We don’t need stacks of money or fancy equipment; we just need time, energy and motivation. We hold all the power. We don’t need to ask for permission or seek acceptance from anyone else besides ourselves. We hold all the momentum, the confidence, the love, the praise, the celebration. All that I seek is already within me.