In my last post, I introduced 5 crucial Career Facts and I elaborated on the first item in that list. This post expands on the second of those 5 facts:
Fact No 2: You can do it.
The myth goes… Success requires the right combination of luck, good breaks, and knowing the right people.
It all come down to power—maybe a better term is mastery, or resolve, or kismet. However you choose to label it, it’s defined by a curious, mysterious, hard-to-explain trait that enables you to believe that you control your own destiny.
Now here’s something I find curious. You and I, I’m willing to wager, all know someone who exudes mastery, someone who’s going places, someone who has that indefinable power. You and I see it in others, and the reason we do is, for some perverse reason, it’s easier to see it in them than it is to recognize it in ourselves.
Have you noticed how easy it is to promote someone else’s business? Have you noticed that it’s easy to talk of someone else’s talent, someone else’s accomplishments, someone else’s mastery and power? And yet when it comes to blowing our own horn, we stumble, we trivialize or we otherwise tone down our inherent abilities. Why is that? Modesty? Shyness? Or is it an inability—an unwillingness—to recognize, really recognize, (and then broadcast) our potential, our power?
Sure, go ahead, recognize and encourage the power you see in others, but remember that no one’s cornered that market. Remember that you have as much power as anyone else. It’s there, within you, and all you have to do is tap into it. Remember one other fact too; it’s a myth that the universe in conspiring against you. It’s a myth that people are standing in your way. What’s true, though, is the one person standing in your way is you.
Case study: My wife and I attended a concert one night. An iconic guitarist was in town, and he did not disappoint. Driving home, my wife marvelled at the guitarist’s talent. I had to agree, he was a brilliant musician. But I also had to suggest there were, sitting in that audience, watching that show, dozens of equally talented guitarists, countless gifted musicians, artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and leaders. And the sad fact was that too many of them didn’t see their own mastery, their own power. Or, if they did, they were afraid, unwilling, to reveal it.
Imagine, just imagine, the wonders you will create once you believe that you can do it.
More on this: You can read more about this topic here.
Tomorrow: Fact 3: It’s not about the money
Yesterday: Fact 1: It’s what you think that’s important
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