Comedian Bill Cosby was quoted "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. " Wow! Very profound when you think about it. Not everyone will always approve of you or what you do. Not everyone will always agree with you and not everyone will always see things your way. Genius Albert Einstein said "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"
If you are going to find your true greatness, it's not going to be found in being like everyone else. It will be found in your individuality. Your uniqueness is where the potential lies for greatness, not in your sameness. When something is rare it's worth more right? Well what about the gifts, talents and skills that you possess? No one else on the face of the planet has or will ever have what you've been given. They may have similar gifts to yours, but not exactly the same and in the same combination. You are like a snowflake, unique and beautiful. If you are going to walk out your individuality, get ready for some opposition. In fact, the more individualistic in your thinking, many times the more opposition. Consider what happened on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks, a black woman, stood up for civil rights by refusing to comply with a bus driver asking her to give up her seat to a white man. By doing this she made a huge impact in regards to the civil rights movement. At this time, segregation was wide spread and her act of defiance was a huge step forward and was a symbol of the progressing idea of civil rights. Why should a black man or woman be treated differently than a white man or women in a country who's constitution declares equal rights for all men and women? Rosa stood up for what she believed in. She had many who, at that time, disagreed with her decision and even her ideology. I'm sure that even many well meaning black men and women probably disagreed with her too and her decision to be defiant to the bus driver and stay seated. Although they may have yearned for equal rights, they might have felt that it was the wrong way to go about change. Nevertheless, it wasn't their decision, it was hers. She made it and because of it, many now honor her historical contribution. She wasn't afraid to be different. She wasn't afraid to make a decision and act based on her convictions. By standing up for what she believed, she made history. In what way will you make history? In what way will you change the world? What will you bring to this wonderful planet and after you are gone, what will be your legacy? Will you make your mark in business? Building and creating jobs and industry? Will you make your mark in social work? Helping protect and heal others? Will you do it in the arts? Through music,film and other media? Will you write that book? Teach that class? How bout in the home? Will you raise up wonderful children? Grooming them for success in life? Grooming them to become all that they were made to be in life and reach their highest potential? What a huge call in life to raise up wonderful children. How will you make your mark? What will people say about your life when you are gone? What will they remember about you?
Quit worrying about what others think and start becoming. You don't have the precious time to waste on trying to please others. As long as your goals are noble, and mean something to you then pursue them with passion. You must get what is hidden inside of you out. You must become. The world is yearning with expectancy for what you will bring. The potential is within, but it's up to you to believe it's there and pull it out.
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