What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know I. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I once received a fortune cookie that read: “Speak less of your plans, you’ll get more done.” What’s one project that you’ve been sitting on and thinking about but haven’t made progress on? What’s stopping you? What would happen if you actually went for it and did it?
I just had this talk with a trusted friend. I was lamenting how far away my dream lives from reality and how many things I was missing. He asked me what do I need to get this done. I said well maybe more training, more experience, more credibility. He started to point to all the things I have already been doing and asked the question, “What if you’re enough?” What if your story, your passion and the things you’ve already done are enough? At that point there was only one right answer, “I’d have to actually do it.” I’d have to commit and launch. I’ve known this was true for a long time and I have been taking steps, but what I really needed was the affirmation that I needed to stop focusing on what I don’t have, work with what I do have and do the work. Stop lamenting, take what you have and do it! Speak less. I tell people this all the time, but sometimes it’s harder to internalize it than it is to tell others. So I close with this question:
“What if you’re enough?”