Here's what occurred to me: if you want to find a great manager, hire a successful parent. It's the same job. Think about it:
– Expressing care.
– Practicing patience.
– Leveraging uniqueness.
– Developing independent capability.
– Setting appropriate expectations and boundaries.
You are afraid. You're afraid of leaving what you know, you're afraid of seeking what you want, you're afraid of taking the wrong path, or you're afraid of failing at the right one…
It is fear that always tamps down our authentic selves, that turns us into some patchwork collection of affectations and expectations, mores and mannerisms, some treadmill set to the prevailing speed of universal acceptability that causes a tyranny of homogeny…
The voices of conformity speak so loudly out there. Don't listen…
Only a principled refusion to be terrorized by these stingy standards will save you from a Frankenstein life that's made up of others' outside expectations grafted together into a poor semblance of existence…
Samuel Butler once said, "Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on." That sounds terrifying, doesn’t it, and difficult too, but that way lies music.
How will this new audacious and authentic world work? I don’t know. Helpful, right? Except that “I don’t know” is one of the most exciting sentences in the English language because in the right hands it suggests, not ignorance, but discovery. It’s the beginning of news reporting, of medical research, of stage preparation, of business creation, of legislations. I don’t know…
I don’t know, but you do. Or you will…Samuel Beckett once said, “To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.” The mess, the mess. That’s, finally, what we’re leaving you today. We leave you a mess. And I won’t apologize for that. Instead I want you to see it for what it is: an engraved invitation to transformation. Certainty is dead. Long live the flying leap. Take it. Use it. Bring it. Congratulations!
# Know your bigger picture
# Put the hours in. Consistently. Regularly.
# Remember those who are telling you not to do it 'for your own good' are wishing they had the ooomph to so something similar.
# It'll take longer than you think.
# The path will be different to the one you planned.
# It'll involve a lot of heartache, sleepless nights and simple fear.
# It'll make you the person you must become.