“If you want to awaken all of humanity,
then awaken all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is
that of your own self-transformation.”
~ Lao Tzu
What this quote means to entrepreneurs:
As I see it, there are two ways you can interpret this quote:
- You teach that which you most need to learn, and
- Only when you are your best self, can you give the best service to your clients.
Have you ever noticed that those who are coaching, teaching or helping others more often than not once walked the path that their students are now on?
A teacher once told me that you only need to be one or two steps ahead of your students in order to teach them.
That’s probably why I was called to create the “Own Your Awesome” brand and system. I have not always owned my awesome, and because of that I know what its like to be in that dark place of pulling your punches and not stepping up to the plate. And, although I still have moments where I don’t own my awesome fully, I’ve walked they path long enough that I can now reach back and help others through the journey, as well.
This is what I mean by you teach that which you most need to learn. In fact, I think you become a better teacher of those things you needed to learn first hand. You’ve been there, done that and have a better sense of empathy for those going through that stuff now.
But Lao Tzu is saying something more than that. He’s not only talking about going through transformation so you can guide others through theirs. I believe, he is also saying that continually bettering yourself is a gift to others because:
- When you become closer and closer to your best self, you behave differently in the world and add to the overall “goodness field” of the world.
- The better you become, the better you behave and the less you contribute to the darkness in the world.
- When you transform yourself, you become a role model for others so they are inspired to do so themselves.
The only way we can light up the world is to become part of the light that is in the world. Self-transformation, in the context of what Lao Tzu is saying, is one pathway to becoming that light.
Lao Tzu also said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” That is what transformation is all about — letting go of what you think you are now, so you can step into your true divine potential. And doing that is the best gift of all that you can give to the world.
Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Do you believe in the value of self-transformation? Do you believe that by bettering ourselves, we help others? How have you used your own transformations to make the world a better place? Please share your thoughts, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.