Only you can determine your growth or potential!
Don’t allow anyone to define your value, to determine your talent, to declare your “potential”. You and only you know your worth, what you can achieve!
There will be moments when you won’t believe in you, lost in declarations of the outside world, or looking for external approval that never seems to come, maybe disappointed because results seem totally opposite to what you expected, or what you felt inside you were meant to achieve.
Let me share what I think. What you feel inside is real! You know who you are. Maybe you just stopped listening to yourself in disbelief. Or you are repeating internally what others say. Remember, if you don’t believe in you no one will!
You may be missing tools. You may be missing knowledge. You may be missing the understanding of how to read the situation. But you can learn all that!
You need to keep yourself growing, learning continuously, surrounding yourself with intelligent people, better than you, complementary, learning how to listen, how to receive feedback and profit from it, practicing giving first (which will allow you to discover how others really appreciate your talent), but never abandon that inner voice, never abandon your path, never abandon your dream; never ever STOP because someone says you can’t!
Every rule out there is social, it has been invented by men. There´s always someone who decides, or has defined things, and certainly someone who can make an exception.
Take any career plan for example, or rule for promotion, salary increase, performance review, or boss’ decision: they are all external things that you can accept or NOT. You have always alternatives, possible negotiations, there are unlimited paths (less confortable, more risky, but powerful). You can always work for someone else, or generate your own work (entrepreneurship is now accesible to any one independent of the resources controlled).
In the end, external world can expose you to anything, life is unpredictable and can be very hard, people can try to damage you a lot, but you are the owner of how you will react to it, the only responsible person for yourself, and you have the power to decide how you will tell yourself the story (one of the most powerful things we have), choosing to be the victim of external things, or the protagonist of your actions!
Never stay in a job (even if it is your own company), a community or group in which:
- You don’t share the values
- You are not learning or growing (fundamental)
- You don´t feel confortable with the reward (salary, satisfaction)
- You don´t have a clear projection for growth or scaling what you are doing (it becomes rutine)
Hope this article helps you! I usually focus on giving you Entrepreneurship, Networking, Strategy, Business, Marketing, Negotiation, Leadership tools for you to grow, to be able to be more powerful (power to make things happen, to transform), but this is the base for you to be able to profit from those tools.
Disrespect fear a bit! Have fun! Enjoy being who you are! And work hard, grow, learn something new every day!
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