When Steve Jobs returned to Apple after 12 years of his exit, he changed the fate of the company from on the verge of extinction to becoming the most valuable company on the planet.
How did he do that? One, he surrounded himself with people who were simply masters and best in the universe at the products Apple was aiming for. Two, he did several rounds of layovers of thousands of employees who did not match the Apple values.
Fast forward to your life. Are you being surrounded by people who pull you down or people on whose shoulders you change the world?
Are you taking advice from those whose lives and thoughts you are proud of or are you taking advice from the ones who love you (or pretend they do) and in so doing are demolishing your wildest and bravest dreams?
If you could do one thing, only one thing to take your life to the Next Level, be insanely strategic about whom you allow in your conversations. If you do not have uplifting people around you, you for sure have Audible / Kindle / YouTube or hard books to enrich your mind and uplift your spirits.
Do this strategically and take care of your mindset when you are surrounded with energy drainers due to work; and watch your energy levels rise.
Being broken, frustrated and not being able to find a solution is a great place to be; only if you want to grow. If you want to be at the same place at 95 as you were at 25 and growing in life is not cup of your tea then being broken into pieces is definitely not for you.
Every, every single challenge you are facing is here to teach you a lesson for growth. Only growth. Without exceptions. The problem is, we as human beings are so busy looking for ways to feed our ego that we can hardly see the window of opportunity that the soul will feel its nurturing and growth.
A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul.
It all happens in your alone, quite moments: while sitting in the car back from work, while brushing your teeth, while laying your head on the bed, while walking out from the grocery store.
What you say to yourself when you are alone is going to decide your destiny. If you don’t believe it, just check your current lifestyle and check your current status of thoughts. They have to be in alignment.
Here’s the point: of you are living a beautiful and authentic life when everything is working well, you will live a beautiful and authentic life even when nothing is working. If you are cranky even in the smallest of things, don’t expect to be doing a miracle when you are broken and shattered into pieces.
Be beautiful when you are not broke, and you will be beautiful when you are broke.
The secret to happiness is that there is no real solid equation to happiness. It is where you feel your flow, you find your flawless happiness.
So why is it so difficult for many to not feel happy and not be happy in the first place?
Firstly, they are probably looking for happiness in the wrong place like shopping, internet, addictions, or upcoming vacation. While having a lavish lifestyle is cool, happiness is totally unrelated to what all one possesses.
Secondly, maybe they are waiting for someone else to make them happy. It is conditional, and it will always make us begging at someone else’s door to fill our cup up.
Thirdly, what you seek is seeking you, if you are aware and willing to let go of what is holding you back.
It is all about choosing to be happy and no matter what, looking for it in the right place.
Your growth does not lie anywhere you feel comfortable. You just have to get out of everything that is stopping you. What is stopping you the most is comfort zone.
As corny and as repetitive as it sounds, repetition is the mother of mastery and becoming a master or being where you are, is a decision you make every single day.
If you are too focussed on the logistics of how and when things are going to happen, there will be lesser focus on what you want to do.
If you are simply focussed on what your goals are, somehow you are going to make way for logistics.
It is all about shifting gears from autopilot and blame game mode to driving the car.
Sometimes the response is just single letter SENTENCE: “No.”
That’s it. No cliches no explanations. Simply no, because you have suffered way too much by saying “yes” multitude of times and hurting yourself in the process.
So it is okay, rather very important to take care of yourself and say no to those who do not care for you, who are too engrossed in their lives to think that awesomeness is achieved because of wonderful relationships and most importantly, because you just feel deeply hurt and something that is not “you” by saying yes.
It’s okay to be okay when it is not okay. Trust yourself on this and thou shalt navigate the “not okay” part with grace.
It takes at least a decade to become an overnight sensation. A decade of hard work, rejection, overcoming self-doubt, dealing with bad habits, letting go of criticism, getting up and doing the work every single day like a beginner: all of these along with handling unexpected difficulties along the way for over a decade lead to one day the world recognising you as an overnight sensation.
Guess what? Ten years are going to pass anyway. Why let that time go away living in mediocrity wasting your potential?
Instead be better and work harder for your goals for 10 years and then success beyond imagination will become automatic to you….because working beyond the way ordinary people do, would have become automatic to you over the practice of a decade.