Weekday Wisdom, Episode 9 Would you like to know three things you can do to grow your self-confidence and your self-worth? Happy MLK Day! Do you have the day off? I do — but my husband doesn’t. So I’m sitting back in my comfy sweater and sharing with you my […]
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You may know for sure that you have the knowledge and experience to succeed, but there still may be nagging doubts that you can’t or won’t succeed. These doubts can be confused with low self-esteem, but they’re very different in how they factor into results. When you have high self-esteem, […]
Follow the Pay Me What I’m Worth series! To help people engage with the concepts in his book, Pay Me What I’m Worth, Soul Dancer has created a thought-provoking quiz based on the what previous students have expressed while going through the book and his programs based on the book. […]
When you live your life consistent with your own values, you will benefit from higher self-esteem, greater integrity and stronger magnetism to positive people, opportunities and experiences. In order to do that you need to: Know what your values are, what you stand for Have the courage to stand for […]
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
When you are a solo-entrepreneur, you are your business. So, it becomes very important to work on YOU more than you work on your business. Work on: Your mindset Your skill set Your knowledge base Your physical health Your mental health All these things have an affect on your business. […]