Live life with more courage
We have a lot of fear in our lives. Although fear has kept our ancestors alive (avoiding dangerous creatures), it has limit our potential too. Thanks to great men who had abolished fear that we are able to advance to what we are today. Thank you Thomas Edison for having the courage to fail 1000 times to discover the light bulb.
I went to Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) in my teens and there was a phrase on the building that we can see while we push off the canoes from the shore – “You cannot discover new oceans if you do not have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
We can live in our “safe” world and not try new things. We can choose to live in our comfort zone. But I found many of such people turned dispirited after a while. Men would not be happy if there is a mismatch in what they envisage their life to be, and the life that they are actually living. If you have a dream of doing something, go ahead and do it! Identify what are the things that are holding back and you will find most of them are just excuses that you refuse to overcome.
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Stick to what you believe
As you pursue what you want in life, there would be a lot of naysayers to discourage you. Many people, even your family and close friends may disagree with you, you have to stick to what you believe. Do not be swayed by comments. You can be wrong, but stick to your belief until you are proven wrong. It is more convincing to be proven wrong than imagining that you could be wrong and let the fear hold you back. Being wrong can actually bring you closer to success. Most regrets in life is on something that you have not done, and less likely on something that you did wrong.
If Edison had believed the naysayers, we would not have light bulbs now.
Do not be concerned about what people think of you
Many times, we say things because what others like to hear, and not because we meant it. We are constantly and subconsciously being concerned about others’ impression of ourselves. Bruce Lee said the hardest thing to do is “honestly expressing ourselves”. It is very tiring to always have to put up a pretense and manage impressions, but we do it anyway. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”.
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Inspired by Jon