Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Tragedy of Life

A note from:

Let me get right to the point today. I’m Pissed!

For years now, here at this desk, I have encouraged, pushed, cajoled, inspired, and just plain tickled people towards taking full and complete responsibility for their entire life experience. I’m proud of the part we play in “holding the space” for greater life experience.

Yesterday, I was invited into a conversation in a conference call about “options”. The other guest was a “wonk” from some government department that purported to support “small business” people.

He was “rabbiting” on about how the government supported small businesses and that they would be continuing that support for the foreseeable future. All sounded wonderful. Until I asked him what a “small” business was to them. Then it hit the fan!

Now folks, I’m a home-based business entrepreneur, and what I call a “small business” person. After some back and forth push and pull, and me repeatedly asking him what, in his government, what a “small” business was, he finally had to tell the truth. His department determined that a “small business” was a company with a minimum of 250 employees.

When I pointed out to him that he was talking to a conference call full of home-based business people, his response was this: “We don’t count them as business people”

You can just imagine my response. I went bananas.

What I shared with him for the following ten minutes will have him questioning his parentage for the next few years.

I’m exceedingly proud of you, and all entrepreneurs, but often we really “don’t count” because we don’t believe what we do matters. We do matter.

Our friend Gobala provides us all with something to ponder today.

The Tragedy of Life
by Gobala Krishnan

To quote Albert Schweitzer- "The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives". I think he hit this one right on the spot, right where it hurts.

How many people really live life to the fullest? How many people really achieve the best they can, and fulfill their purpose? For each who does, there's a thousand who never will. If killing your own dreams and god-given talents were a crime, the streets would be empty.

My personal goal in life is not to achieve perfection, but to be the best that I can be. My personal goal in life is not to chase impossible dreams, but to have one that I can live for. The sad part is that in my first three years of working as an employee, chasing the promotion that would never come, and the facade of importance and significance that consumed my better judgment, I let a part of me suffocate almost to the point of death.

To the benefit of the reader - you - all I can offer is my personal testimonial, looking back at the empty years to see all that I did wrong, and all that I did right. What I hope is that it will touch you in some way, and that you too will stop murdering who you really are inside.
If you want to fulfill your ultimate purpose in life, here is my suggestion:

1) Always Follow Your Heart

You heart knows the truth. Yet, we are thought since we were kids never to follow our heart because it leads us astray. We are thought that our heart is feeble, and that all decisions should be made with proper thinking.

I would say that concept couldn't be more wrong. How many times have you done something you regretted, simply because other people said that it was the right thing to do? How many jobs imprisoned you? How many relationships turned sour?

2) Work For Yourself, Not For Others

I don't mean just quitting your job to start your own business. What I mean is that you need to have a vision of what you want to be, and only work towards that image. Don't just get a job because it's convenient and pays a lot. Those are just traps that your "smart" brain will lead you to. You will end up doing a job you hate, and hating yourself for choosing to do it. Deep down inside you knew it would happen before you put ink to paper, and signed that contract.

If you want to be a radio DJ what good will working as an accounts clerk do? Will it buy you more time to work towards your dream? Will it make you "all-rounded" and increase your future job prospects? Those are just fallacies that society imposes on us to make sure we "conform" to the system.

You have a talent, even if you don't know it yourself. I want you to believe that you're better at doing something than almost everyone else in the world. If you spend time trying to make yourself better at something you're not and don't care for, you'll just end up being "ok" at it.

But if you spend time trying to improve at something you're naturally good at, you will be the best. And the world will love you for being so.

How do you know what to work on, what to improve, and what to master? Just follow your heart. It will show you the way.

3) You Will Never Be Where You Are Now

You're either moving forward or you're falling behind. There's simply no such thing as "staying where you are" or "taking it easy". It's just a fallacy. Learn new things, grow, improve yourself, and strive to be the best that you can be. If you don't you might get up one day to realize that the world doesn't need someone like you anymore.

When you start your journey to self-mastery, never look back and never return to where you started. The right way; the ONLY way, is to take the next road. Don't stop to watch the traffic or to make a detour. The map of your journey will only be revealed at the end of it, so don't feel afraid to try out a new path. If you follow your instincts you will never be permanently lost.

How do you know when you've achieved your best? I don't know. I have a feeling, though, that while taking your last breath you'll feel like you've really lived life to the fullest. At that point all the dots will form a straight line and the map of your life will be revealed.

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

Remember that.

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Moon said...

How true it is! I left corporate America 10 years ago to follow my heart, and what an adventure it has been! In that time, my mind changed several times, in order to align with my heart's desire. Each change took me down a different path. Now, I am passionately living my purpose. And it's funny, I am doing things that, 10 years ago, I swore I was incapable of doing! And all because I finally listened to my heart.

Roger M said...

All I can say right now is I wished I could of been on that call.

With the article however; The other day I was talking to a Rabbi. He told me, "The only thing that does not change is Change".

If someone is looking to better their own life why would they not listen to their heart knowing a Change is needed to get where or what they really want out of life.

Itotia said...

Everyone deserves a great life and we are all gifted with the ability to fullfill that life. We just need focus on our talents and skills.

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