Why Not?

Why not?

George Bernard Shaw is the author of Pygmalion, the story of a professor who makes a bet that he can take a destitute flower girl from the street and teach her so well that she will pass for a duchess at an upcoming party at the ambassador’s place.

 

The same story is also told in the movie “My Fair Lady.”

 

Eliza Dolittle does pass for a duchess at the party. With a little tutoring, she is a transformed woman. Dramatics of the relationship between professor Henry Higgens and ex-street urchin Eliza Dolittle aside, the story is a perfect illustration of George Bernard Shaw’s observation, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

 

Where you start does not determine where you will end

Just because Eliza Dolittle was born into poverty does not mean she hasn’t got the intelligence and capacity to be something else. She is perceived as a duchess because that’s how she presents herself.

 

People will generally take you at face value. If you present a confident, competent exterior, people will assume that’s what you are on the inside too.

 

Just because something or someone is one way that does not mean it or they must always remain that way. Current circumstances are not a snapshot caught in a drop of amber that always must remain as is.

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Don’t Give Your Power Away

Don’t Give Your Power Away

 

As one of eight children in an incredibly poor family, who on Earth would have thought that Alice Walker had any power at all?

 

Circumstances do not determine the person

Alice Walker did. She realized her circumstances did not determine the person she was or the person she could be.

 

Already set on the right path by parents who made sure she could go to school during a time when most black kids were expected to stay home and work in the fields at a young age, Alice understood other people could not determine the course of her life.

 

If Alice believed she didn’t have the power to do anything other than work the land she would never have worked hard enough in high school to earn a full scholarship to college.

 

Recognize your personal power

If she didn’t believe what she had was worthwhile enough to share with others she never would have written the Pulitzer Prize winning The Color Purple.

 

Coming from nothing to a full life of everything, Alice Walker is living proof that each of us has a well of power inside us. It’s our job to tap it!

Normal or Amazing?

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Sometimes while we’re trying to get into the job market, we feel like we need to be like everyone else. Wear the right clothes, say the right things, think the right thoughts, so we’ll be accepted by the powers that be.

 

Make a good impression, not the same impression

 

Although it’s important to make a good impression to be liked and appreciated by others, you certainly don’t have to make the same impression as everyone else.

 

You bring unique thoughts, insights and ideas to the table. It’s important to build up your confidence to the level where you feel comfortable sharing them. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will believe in you.

 

Create your own box

You shouldn’t feel like you have to live in the same box as everyone else in order to get ahead. People don’t make an impression on others by being just like everyone else. They make an impression by being themselves.

 

Remember, every time there’s a bright new idea out there, that becomes the bright new thing everyone wants to talk and think about. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, think about that bright new thing you can do.

You’re Braver Than You Think

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Sometimes when we’re worried or things aren’t going the way we hope we lose track of just how strong we can be.

Like when Pooh worries about a time when he and Christopher Robin will be apart, Christopher Robin reminds him, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Whether we’re nine, nineteen or ninety nine, each and every one of us should keep those words of wisdom somewhere in our back pocket to pull out and remember during times when we forget just how strong, resourceful and full of potential we truly are.

It’s my birthday today, and I’m going to make a point of remembering!

Biting Into The Apple

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Success? By the time Steve Jobs was 30 he’d turned Apple, a company he’d started in his garage with his friend Steve Wozniak into a $2 billion enterprise with 4,000 employees.

 

Failure? The board of directors fired Steve Jobs from his own company.

 

How do you come back from that? If you’re Steve Jobs you start Pixar (now the most successful animation studio in the world) get invited back to Apple and completely revolutionize modern technology with the introduction of iPods, iPhones, iPads, iDon’tknowwhatelse.

 

How does a guy who quit college after six months keep ending up the razor’s blade of the cutting edge?

 

You can listen to Steve Jobs explain it himself here in How To Live Before You Die. http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die

 

These are the main points:

 

Follow Curiosity and Intuition

 

After quitting school Steve didn’t immediately leave the college, he hung around and started taking courses he was interested in, rather than the ones he needed to fulfill his requirements. One of those was calligraphy. He took it because he loved it, not because it would lead him anywhere specific. He learned about typefaces, what made typography great. Ten years later he was figuring out what he wanted to include in his new computer, and suddenly those typography classes seemed very useful indeed. All of us have all those cool font options because of the calligraphy class Steve Jobs took because he found typefaces fascinating.

 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

 

Figure out what you love to do

 

Initially getting fired as CEO of Apple must have seemed like the worst possible thing that could have happened, but in retrospect, Steve Jobs says it was the best thing that ever happened to him. It freed him to enter one of the most creative periods of his life.

 

He started Pixar and a new hardware company called neXT because he still loved the computer business. Apple bought neXT and now that technology is at the heart of Apple.

 

And Pixar? Over to you Buzz: “To infinity and beyond!”

 

Sometimes life will hit you on the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Find what you love to do. Do what you believe is great work. Keep looking. Don’t settle. You’ll know when you find it.

 

Live each day as if it’s your last one

 

Each day ask yourself, if today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re doing? If the answer is no too many days in a row then something needs to change. Thinking about the last day of your life helps you distinguish what’s really important. Helps you stop thinking you’ve to something to lose. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others drown out your inner voice. Your own intuition knows what you want to be – so listen to yourself!