“Man, this You guy could do anything he wants,” I thought as I flipped through the pages of self-help book number 45.
The message flew over my head.
If a self-help author starts talking about you, they mean you — not some other guy named You.
“What? Me? Oh, no — there must be a mistake. I couldn’t –“
Yes. Really. I mean you. You could start a business. You could learn to roller-skate. You could memorize 2,000 Kanji in less than a year. You could start a podcast and interview your favorite writers.
But only if you want.
How far you lean in when someone starts talking about your potential correlates to how much faith you have in yourself*. When you ignore them, stuff your head up in the clouds instead of paying attention, it means you’re not ready. Not ready to face the harsh reality of having a 1 in 8 billion gift. The gift of your perspective, drive, passion, and care.
How do you feel when you talk about your goals? Do you stumble over your words? Do you hunch over to defend yourself from an attack? That means you’re not committed. There’s still a part of you that’s stuck in the past. A part of you that thinks you’re still not capable.
You are capable.
Go make stuff.
(*I don’t have any statisticians to back me up on this, so I need you to go accomplish your life’s mission.)