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Use What You've Got

Posted on July 20 2015

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It’s incredible that we spend so much time complaining and focusing on what we don’t have instead of focusing on what we do have. If only you had a million dollars, you could finally get your startup going. If only you had connections in the entertainment industry, you could finally move to Los Angeles to pursue your dreams. 

There are so many distractions and excuses around us that it has become normal for us to think that we’re missing something. The insane part is that we believe that the “something” we’re missing can only be found outside of ourselves. 

Fear. It’s where a lot of our negative behaviors and actions stem from. We operate from a place of fear so much that we don’t even realize what’s driving us. The constant comparison of ourselves to others for example, comes from the fear of not being good enough; of being left out. We channel all of our energy into being carbon copies of other people that we forget that we are each unique beings and that every single one of us although connected, has an individual Purpose to fulfill. 

We’re like the beggar in Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now who had been sitting atop a wooden box on the side of the road for 30 years, asking for scraps and change. At the request of a stranger passing by, he looked into the box after completely ignoring it for 3 decades. To his surprise, it was filled with gold. 

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What kind of treasure are you sitting on that you’re unwilling or too oblivious to recognize?

We are each equipped with gifts that have been built, molded and perfected to fit our personalities. There is no one else better equipped to take your journey as well you are. Look within. The answer is always within. What part of yourself do you consider insignificant? Is it your ability to nurture people? Or maybe it’s your power of negotiation and persuasion. Perhaps it’s your ability to make people laugh.

What box of gold are you sitting on and completely ignoring? A mother’s gift to be able to nurture the next President of the United States or the next CEO of Apple may not be as glamorous as a movie star’s ability to transform herself into different characters but it is no less important.

The moment you start using the gifts that have been tailored for you, is the moment life will start to reward you for stepping up and doing your part. Don’t get me wrong, the path is in no way easy. There’s a lot of reflection, introspection and most importantly, action. There’s definitely a whole lot of trial and error but at the end of the day, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing that you did the best you could with what you had. 

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