If I were to have a frank tête-à-tête with my 20 year old self, here’s what I’d tell her:
I would rather fall a thousand times in my attempt to achieve greatness than to walk unscathed on the road of mediocrity.
To determine if you are truly happy, ask yourself this question…
We need to get off the “being happy” bandwagon and get on the “being human” bandwagon.
Nothing great in life resulted from being passive. Be brave enough to commit – whether that be to a person, a passion or a plan.
You never know how a gesture, regardless of how small it may seem, can have such a profound and positive impact on someone else.
Trust the process. Know that every heartache is just preparing you for the person you are meant to be with. Have faith that sometimes, things don’t work out with someone in the present because they are meant to work with somebody else in the future.
In the end, our lives are a sum of our stories – the stories we live, the stories we believe and the stories we leave behind with others. Make yours worth reading.
You will have your heart broken. The one person you thought would never hurt you will disappoint you. You will experience losing someone special. You will fall. And you will get up. Life’s curveballs are inevitable, therefore position yourself so that the “getting up” part is not so crippling.
ake chances. Focus on the opportunities that comes from risk rather than dwell on the “what if” of things that could go wrong.
Have faith that discomfort is the precursor to new beginnings and necessary for growth.
While I cannot change my childhood, my upbringing and my history, I can change my reaction to it. The memories of events may stay the same, but my internalization of such events don’t have to.
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that just when you think you’ve got it all down pat, everything can change in an instant. All you can really do is dust yourself off when you fall, and navigate your way the best you can until you’re back to good again.
Give up being a victim. The perspective that you are just the result of all external variables deflects responsibility for taking control over your own life. It is unfortunate that sometimes bad things happen to the best of people. Life can be unfair, unkind and unjust. However, being stuck in a victim mentality does not nurture your ability to move forward and onward.
When interacting and speaking to successful leaders, I’ve noticed a strong commonality. Regardless of industry, upbringing, or culture, these leaders share a similar disposition: …