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Power Thought: 5 reasons why we may not own own awesome

be yourself

From left to right:
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bernard M. Baruch,
Judy Garland and Lady Gaga

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
~ Bernard M. Baruch

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
~ Judy Garland

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”
~ Lady Gaga

What these quotes mean to business:
So many quotable people have talked about the importance of being yourself. And, after reading a friend of mine’s post in a private Facebook group listing the 20 reasons miracles don’t happen for us, I was inspired to write this post. Here are five reasons that people … like you or me … use to cloak their awesome and not let their true brilliance shine.

1. Embarrassment
At some point in our lives, more than likely when we were very young, someone made fun of us. They probably did it while we were expressing our uniqueness. Because of this experience, we got the impression that being ourselves is not really O.K. or acceptable.

The thing is, as children, we want to fit in. Therefore, we will often make fun of others who aren’t like us. Or we will be made fun of because we aren’t like others. It is just the way it is.

But that was then, and this is now. You are an adult and you don’t need to be hanging around folks who don’t love your unique awesomeness. And, you will never find those people who appreciate the real you unless you express the real you.
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Power Thought: Ignore the nay-sayers … this is why

Ray Goforth “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
~ Ray Goforth

What this quotes means to business
I’m a firm believer that everyone was born with at least one gift to give to the world. Therefore, I cannot believe that anyone is powerless to make a difference. The difference you make may be big, or it may be small … but you can … and will … make a difference.

That said, sometimes people don’t make as big a difference as they were meant to because they held themselves back. This is sometimes caused by nay-sayers in their lives. They fall for the nay-saying.

The thing is, most nay-sayers are saying “Nay!” because they are afraid to do what you want to do and want to protect you from harm. Or because they are afraid you will be successful and your success will somehow reflect badly on them or cause them some sort of harm.
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9 principles of graceful success – Part 1

Miyamoto Musashi, Rule 1 Circa 1645, famed samurai Miyamoto Musashi wrote The Book of Five Rings, a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general. Within that book, he wrote of nine principles one can practice and embody to achieve the success that comes with grace and excellence. Today, and over the next eight days, I’m going to interpret each one with the lens of a creative entrepreneur.

Today’s principle is:

Do not harbor sinister designs. Think honestly and truthfully.

This is the first rule, and this concept has been expressed in a number of ways, including:

  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Doing well by doing good

When it comes to your life and your creative business, it is always best to come from the truest, most grounded place. When your heart is clear, free and true, your creativity flows most efficiently. People are magnetized to you because of your radiant honour.
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