I started a new book this past week by one of my favorite self-help guru’s (Tim Ferriss). He had a line early on that really grabbed me. He said something to the effect of do you want to discover yourself? or do you want to create yourself? Why this hit me so profoundly is that to discover something is to go back into history. It’s figuring it where you came from, why you are the way you are, what got you here today. All of this information can be valuable… or can be just another excuse to stay where you are. Afterall, my hard childhood, my lack of finances, my lack of experience, or whatever excuse you choose to latch onto, becomes the glue that holds you in place.
Now, if you flip that question around and focus on creating yourself, this means that it doesn’t matter where you are now, where you came from, etc. It’s a future direction. Perhaps some of those limiting factors in your past could hinder you from getting where you want to go… but I guarantee, if you pick a direction in the future, even if you don’t make it to 100%, you will surely move in the right direction.
I’m making a conscious effort to create myself, not discover myself. Let’s face it, I know my past well enough… but now I want to pick where I’m going to 🙂
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