In today’s world, we’re experts at being offended. When we see something we don’t agree with—big or small, we don’t have a problem letting everybody know, whether via Facebook, Twitter, or word of mouth.
In this age of the internet, being offended over every little thing is easier and more acceptable than ever before. In fact, it seems some people exist on Facebook for the sole purpose of seeking out things to gripe about. And the problem is—most of us never stop to think about what this type of offense is doing to our influence.
Have you ever sat down to create something and found yourself comparing your work to that of others? Maybe they have an incredible eye for photography, or a beautiful way with words that inspires readers like nothing else. Maybe they’re super charismatic. Maybe they have a larger following than you do.
Comparison. We’ve all done it. Some of us fight it every single day. But others don’t fight it at all; instead, they let it swallow them up and kill their creativity. They allow themselves to wither and suffer in a pain of their own making. Comparison destroys art before it is even created.
We all grew up with fairytales. Stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland can probably be found scattered throughout your childhood, and for good reason. There’s just something fantastic about them.
Children everywhere are fascinated by fairytales. They have always been had a high value placed on them in society. Albert Einstein said that if you want your kids to be intelligent, read them fairytales. There’s something about these stories that makes them very special—something that many adults no longer recognize.
Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “Man, they have it all together”? We all know that person who seems like they have no lack of confidence, whether it’s related to writing, blogging, speaking, or even playing a sport.
When we see confident people, one of the first questions that comes to mind is: how? How do they do it? How does she always write with such impact? How does he always shine on camera? Where did that confidence come from, and how can I get it?
As hard-working creative people, it’s easy to get caught up in our own minds and our own pursuits; our own lives. We succumb easily to the pressure that tells us to push ourselves to work harder and hustle more, because that’s what it takes to succeed, right?
Sometimes this pressure becomes so much that we actually feel guilty for needing a break. We tell ourselves we’re getting behind if we aren’t constantly working, and we push ourselves almost to the breaking point. And without even realizing it, we push out the people who matter the most.
Creative people are sometimes accused of living in a fantasy world, far out of reach of reality. Perhaps you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve been told your imagination is too big for your own good, and you should stop dreaming before you fall too far down the rabbit hole.
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, I’ve often been chastised for not choosing a “real job”; for thinking outside the box and making the decision to enter the Perilous Realm. I’ve been looked down on for pouring myself into writing instead of “doing life”. But what if these things—the fanciful and the practical don’t have to be at war with each other?
You’re here because you want to make an impact. Change lives. Be the difference. These are the things you dream of, and yet perhaps sometimes you feel small. Insignificant. Like you’re drowning in the noise of the world.
We seem to have this idea that impact is what happens when you finally grow your blog following, or finally publish that book. But impact isn’t a summit you eventually reach; it’s a mountain you climb; a lifestyle you build. Impact starts when you make a choice.