Out on the Fringes

Courage 8/8/2019

Do you have a purpose in this world? It is no small miracle that you are here. What are the odds of you being conceived and surviving long enough to read this? One in a billion, maybe a trillion or more? What you have been given is a precious gift. What will you do with it?

When I was younger, I just wanted to fit in. I lacked self-confidence and didn’t want to be the odd one in the group. Looking back, I should have cared less about my differences. Those differences made me who I am. Ask any of friends and co-workers and “different” might be how they describe me.

There are outliers in this world that have separated themselves from the masses. They live on the fringe and do not participate in what society deems normal. They live a purpose driven life, and what makes them unique also makes them very valuable. They are the ones actively changing the world for the better.

I might not be a cutting-edge scientist or a technological genius, but I can be great in my own way. I can make my community better, maybe even the world better. I can make a valuable contribution. But I can’t do it sitting on the couch watching the same stuff everybody else is watching. I can’t fall off into complacency thinking greatness is for other people. I have to be brave, follow my heart, and work my tail off in honor of this gift of life I have been given.

Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great? -Nelson Mandela

Aim High

I was speaking to an associate today who told me he has a five year plan to leave his manufacturing job. I asked him what he was planning to do. His reply: play the stock market, get his money, and then get out.

Of course, I was initially skeptical of this plan. This has to be a pipe dream if I ever saw one. How is this young adult going to walk in and accomplish what so many have failed to do over the years? If you are looking for someone to scoff at, this would be the one.

This man plucked this idea out of the far reaches of the ether. But he didn’t stop there, he gave this idea life by saying it out loud and saying it to someone else. Will he be able materialize this thought? Does he have the drive to stick with this dream until the end? As Plutarch said, “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.” Is he willing to suffer?

I can’t believe God put us on this earth to be ordinary. –Lou Holtz

After thinking about this man’s dreams and my reaction to it, I began to think about my own dreams. I too, have a wildly ambitious plan that is far beyond where I am today. Why is my dream so realistic to me but the thought of his dream ridiculous? We are both striving toward the same thing: our perception of success. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I get that same skepticism when I voice my dreams. The reality is that many shoot for the stars, but only a few make it there. The few that make it are the ones we remember, and it keeps the dreamers dreaming. It drives them to action and the hope of a better future.

I hope he can achieve his dreams. He just may be a shining example of what one can accomplish with the right amount of creativity, determination, and persistence. There could be a day that he is a role model for others, even a role model for me.

For more on pulling ideas from the ether and giving it substance, check out the Aubrey Marcus Podcast #143: The Road Map to Transformation with Anahata Ananda. I listened to this episode this week and found it really insightful to making my own dreams a reality.