You are meant to achieve great things.
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.
@goglosh, The reminder is noted. :)
@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.
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.
@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.
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
@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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@goglosh, You’ve already done great things to be blessed with this nice human rebirth.
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