You are meant to achieve great things.

2 years, 3 months ago

How many times have I not heard something like “Since I was little I’ve always felt I was meat to achieve great things”? A lot, and I mean A LOT of people have told me this. I myself felt the same way when I was a kid. Then it happens that the feeling fades away, or gets buried beneath the avalanche of bullshit (pardon my french) that they teach us at school and most of all, through tv. Then you are conditioned to be apathetic and conformist. To just aspire to have a HD flat TV, a supermodel, and maybe a nice car.
Yo also realize there is a lot of things to learn before you can actually start doing anything. And there are about infinite fields in which you can develop yourself that you just get lost. You also like something but everybody is like “hurr durr that will get you to starve to death, hurr durr that is not cool its boring, who cares about it?” and a never ending list of similar arguments. Then (mostly in modern times) Everything seems to be achieved and there seems to be nothing more to discover.
Also, what is the source for this feeling we all get when we are kids? Maybe it is the human potential, because everyone actually has such potential to be great. Maybe it is (as a guy once said to me) that we all have a mission to accomplish, otherwise we live like we are dead.
Well there might be infinite reasons for this. But the problem here is: we are meant to do great things. Then, we just don’t.
Anyway, this long text is nothing but your daily reminder that you are meant to achieve great things. The catch is that you have to work hard and have an open mind. I know HEthens aren’t neckbeards who spend their entire day watching porn and playing vidya and whining about their miserable lives and stuff, so go ahead and do the great things you are supposed to.

December 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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Profile photo of Selina Selina (@selina) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@goglosh, The reminder is noted. :)
When we are born this “I wish to achieve great things” feeling is quite simple and understated why isn’t it? Through out our time of development we take on the perception that “great” is complex and difficult. A winding road with no defined route en point. As you said, we recognize that there are infinite possibilities that we must learn to pigeon hole into a few selections. We grow to be so increasingly linear and tangible minded.
So, what became pushed to the way side while the years passed?
What I do remember when growing up is that feeling of an unlimited horizon was one of great adventure through following intuition (child-like imagination) not skepticism.
In many of our ‘greatest’ life choices as adults we contemplate mentally what we wish to feel intuitively.
Yet, that is the biggest contradiction of all. If we begin to disintegrate mental construct and add a bit more spice of the much larger (but unknowing) realm of emotional being we just might be able to salvage what was considered so precious at our very beginnings. I’d take that hand any day.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@goglosh, Most of us do great things every day, we are just so accustomed to being regular we have forgotten how amazing they are. Rights are a good example, when we earn something we appresiate it and ourselves but if something is just granted as a right, something we just expect, we take it for granted. Seldom does the thought cross our minds of the efforts and sacrifices made so we can enjoy those things, even the lives lost for that sake.
Where is peoples motivation? They don’t need it, it is replaced by expectation, they do not need to earn what they are owed. Crazy.

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Profile photo of Flynnstone Flynnstone (@flynnstone) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@trek79,
Loved this: “Where is peoples motivation? They don’t need it, it is replaced by expectation, they do not need to earn what they are owed. Crazy.”

EXPECT NOTHING. ACHIEVE EVERYTHING.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Thanks for the reminder that there’s not only one path. It’s hard to break out of the one path.

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Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@goglosh, The problem is our definitions and inhibitions regarding the concept of what is great. These inhibitions lead us into a vicious cycle dealing with thoughts and emotions surrounding success and failure; and if we are thinking practically, which is more dangerous, success or failure? Which experience has driven you towards greatness the most? It is usually relative to intent, though it seems to be agreed among great teachers that success is usually much more dangerous.

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Profile photo of Sandy Sandy (@sandman) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

I’ve come to realize something. Maybe it will help…

When we hear about people who have achieved great things, we are presented with their life, their progress, their personality, their trials and triumphs, all as a series of interesting vistas on a road that inevitably leads to their success. Because we are learning about them on the “Biography” TV show or in a book or article, we have 20/20 hindsight on how they stumbled (or flew) unerringly towards their destiny.

But that perspective is from a historian’s point of view: a spectator, an observer of celebrity and history. That is not the perspective the hero has of him/herself. For them, there may have been (and may continue to be) an enormous amount of uncertainty, worry, feeling of failure, low self-esteem and inadequacy. The lions of accomplishment, artistry, and achievement like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh were riddled with self-doubt. Philosophers who changed the world and continue to have a wide influence, like Confucius, struggled to hold down a job. Saints and scientists of the most sublime insights were martyred or excommunicated.

It’s easy to sit in our armchair and admire these great people who changed the world and think their influence was inevitable, destined. That they were cut from some special cloth God had set aside for the chosen few. But don’t think that way. YOU are them. You struggle and strive and doubt and create, fall and get back up. You do your part. You contribute your spark of greatness to the world. You cannot control what other people think of you, how your ideas and art and work and visions will be received now or in the future; how they will influence other people. Your job is to just keep going. There are 7 billion people in the world. Don’t try to be everything. Don’t try to be someone else. Just do your amazing thing, whatever it is. Be yourself, be unique. Follow your inspiration, your curiosity, your enthusiasm. That’s the greatness you are capable of.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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Profile photo of Goglosh Goglosh (@goglosh) 2 years, 3 months ago ago

@sandman, I agree. Yes it seems that people like euler or tesla or whoever was just climbing an ascendant ladder towards greatness, and I think that most of them actually didn’t think they’d achieved much. I like the way you think. greatness is all but comfortable

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Profile photo of Be The Change 2013 Be The Change 2013 (@bethechange2013) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Hey Goglosh,
Thank you for the awesomely critical topic… Quite simply we’ve stopped dreaming, we’ve stopped giving ourselves permission that we are capable of more, that we can be doing more. Where does that all come from, well the ego and conditioned beliefs ultimately. But very powerfully I’ve found is developing a PURPOSE STATEMENT which you use everyday to remind ourselves of what is important, what we are capable of and the difference we can make in the world.

Check out this article on purpose statements:

http://bethechange2013.co.uk/living-with-passionate-purpose/

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@goglosh, You’ve already done great things to be blessed with this nice human rebirth.

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