Accept Less than Greatness
We all want to hang on to the hope that we will be the next great thing but the realistic likelihood of this happening is low. My recommendation (even though I don’t always practice this) is to lower the bar and purposefully enjoy Every. Single. Day. There is no reason to feel that being comfortable is a bad thing, sometimes you just need to accept your conditions and relax. Working too hard or carrying too much stress can actually injure or even kill you.
In real life, not everyone is meant to change the world, even though that is what we are told as we are raised in the United States. If you are, great, but we do not know what is planned for us. It’s possible that you were actually designed to raise children that change the world. Do you think Abraham Lincoln’s parents knew that was their destiny? Not likely. Wake up each day and think about what you are working towards. Do one thing towards that larger goal. Think about what kind of person you want to be and be that each day.
Give things time, young people are given so much promise that things will be one way and then our hopes and dreams are dashed and the rug is pulled out from under us when we get into the thick of it. The younger generations live in a time of instant gratification, from Netflix to approval via social media. Even our cell phones are tethered to us and we are expected to respond to people at all times.
Most of us don’t peak at 25, when you’re 25, that’s hard to believe. It can take a lot longer than that. A quick Google search (instant gratification) shows that income actually does not peak until the age of 55 and the average CEO is 50 years old. This should be a relief to most, we have time to bloom. We have a lot to learn and we need to slow down and not rush things. Wisdom is not gained overnight. Just keep working towards your goals day in and day out and good things will happen over time.
I encourage everyone to get into reading, it can be life changing. Here is a small reading list of some that I’ve enjoyed to get you started: https://www.promotionsguy.com/ryan-s-favorite-reads
I’m writing tips each week for people aspiring to improve. These are not industry related but they generally have something to do with growing as a person or growing a business. My intention is to help others grow while growing myself. My book recommendation this week is “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss something, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.