Don't ignore success
Published on March 17, 2015
Sometimes the things in life that are so simple and should be so apparent are the ones that slip through the cracks. I was going over notes from several presentations and it dawned on me how much focus there is on improving those things in life we struggle with. I mean, that's the foundation of personal growth right? To identify our weaknesses and to know that any doubt can be turned into a belief. We all know what happens with those actions in life where our belief is strong. The outcome is usually positive. Thinking about this and going over all those notes made me realize that we all have gifts or innate talents and perhaps we don't spend enough time not only recognizing them but nurturing them. We have all heard the saying, "You don't have to fix what isn't broken". That may be true but there is nothing wrong with working on and polishing what is already quite good. This process made me think back to my tenure in grade eight. I had not yet grown or sprouted as it was then referred to and given my financial status or lack thereof, being five foot two in grade eight made you a mark. It was during a bus ride home when this big kid, Butch (that really was his name) decided it might be fun to bat me around while the driver wasn't looking. After the second punch I let him have it. Not with fists, that would have been a recipe for plastic surgery. I let him have it with words. What came out may have actually qualified for the Guinness World Book of Records for the longest and most prolific run on sentence in history. During this diatribe I challenged everything about his character and his family, his abuse of my size and spewed forth more references to his lowly character than I could possibly remember. You know what? He stopped hitting me. You know what else? He told me he was sorry. You know one other thing? He never hit me again. I realized then and there. In that moment that I had a way with words and while I may not be much in the ring, there was something inside of me that allowed me to communicate and to do it well. Come to think of it, that is how I have spent the past twenty five years of my life. With words. Take some time then and look inside. It has been said that "The enemy of great is good." If you are naturally good at something don't settle for just that. Work to make it great. See those things that are perhaps yours and yours alone. Identify the gifts or innate talents that you can polish and hone and make them sing for you in this journey of life. Sure, we must definitely continue to work on those things that society has convinced you are challenges but don't shy away from your special talents. Don't ignore success. Have an excellent day.