Think of someone that you look up to, someone that inspires you. Now imagine that person if they never reached their potential. What if Ellen DeGeneres had stayed in the restaurant business instead of starting her stand up career? She’d be a Manager at Friday’s instead of inspiring millions of people through her talk show. Denzel Washington had a 1.7 GPA in college, no one would have told him he was on the path to be a role model. Mark Cuban’s first job out of college was as a bartender.
The point that I’m trying to make is that none of the people that inspire you or are worth looking up to settled. It’s very easy to look around at what everyone else is doing and taking the first paying job you find out of school. People will spend all their parents money in school and give up their dreams just to do what, be a management consultant? Be yourself and trust yourself. Put aside your ego and your brand and think about what type of impact you want to make on real people. Do you want to contribute to a culture of settling instead of chasing dreams? Or do you want to do something different than your peers and live a fulfilling life?
It’s easy to look up to people and not see yourself as able to reach their level. One day you can inspire millions of people and make a real difference in this world. The only way to do that is to reach your potential. There is a path waiting for you to take, you just have to take the risk to get there.
If you want to find work you love to do, try different experiences until you find one that works. Don’t settle for a decent paying job that you dread for 40 hours a week. As Seth Godin would say, the best time to leave your job to chase your dreams was yesterday. The next best time is today.
The inspiration for the post was from Frank Ocean’s amazing new album “Blonde”. The song Seigfried is all about not conforming to the masses, definitely check it out.
Thank you for reading and one day I can look back on this article and say that I reached my potential.