When Life Gives You Lemons

… do you make lemonade?

“proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and positive ‘can-do’ attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune, whilst the lemons suggest sourness or difficult in life, the lemonade is a sweet drink.”

When we look at our own personal lives in perspective we don’t actually own our cars, houses, mobile phones or even our university degrees yet, but is this a bad thing? Even though these so called ‘important’ necessities in life aren’t actually belonging to us how important are they to us? We know one thing, we would rather own our creativity than the materialistic luxuries in life.

There seems to be more and more choice each day sending our heads into a whirlwind of options and decisions. You’ll find that the more doors which open for you will result in more choice too. We’ve found that limiting yourself with the right balance will allow for minimal burn out, because trust us, you’ll definitely occur burnouts as your focus isn’t primarily in one place at one given time.

You may have heard us say before that our 20’s are for learning, making all the mistakes, fucking up, let’s face it we’re terrible at everything because we’re still learning. Education tends to be overwhelming, not giving enough time and appreciation for the information which we must digest from the age of 3 to 16, and for some of us 25. Most people find that what they learnt during higher education whether that is college or university, they still haven’t acquired all of the skills needed.

We mustn’t feel as though all we are programmed to do is succeed, exploring our passions and what drives us is where it’s at so don’t get tied up. You can make money at any point in your life but you can’t make time.

“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” 
 — Derek Sivers

David Hieatt, Hiut Denim

Does there have to be purpose?

Conjuring ideas through conversations around a campfire, under the huge blanket of stars whilst sipping on the finest of Gin are the moments which have the biggest impact on our creativity.

Setting goals no matter how big or small to reach an end result that are achievable are a lot more full-filling than admitting defeat.

It has been said that through the balancing act of passion and skill you are able to do more than one thing well. Alas do you want to become a ‘Jack of all Trades’?

From the comfort of our own living room social media gives us an insight into the lives of those running around the globe avoiding reality but how do we establish what reality really is? Reality is what we make it, right?

Whichever path we choose to walk down we must be choosing it for the right reasons, so ask yourself what are you try to gain and who are you doing it for! If it is for yourself, and only yourself - BRAVO! Be inspired by your inner guiding light aka, self belief.

“Out of logic and feeling of intuition.”

Usually the main corporate for stopping us from achieving great things is the lack of self-belief, imagination and the shear courage of trying. So maybe we do need purpose to define our actions, which we can then use to help channel what we love. Aim high, stand tall and get spotted.

Our driving ambition has taught us things about our inner selves that we never knew were do-able. Sometimes these experiences are there to frighten us but being scared is good, this helps our minds to learn and our bodies to grow. This can help make our lives have real meaning.

Learning comes first - perfection comes later

Maintaining your learning ability is vital otherwise you may find you become stagnant, falling back on our dated information, believing over used beliefs or forgetting important principles. This TED Talk from Simon Sinek will definitely help advise you of the importance in keeping your mind sharp and active.

Why. How. What.

Sinek explains why some organisations and some leaders can inspire where other are not. The commonly used marketing and sale strategies used, which isn’t necessarily working. Give it 20 minutes of your time…

Simon Sinek ‘Start With Why’ TED Talk

Why do we exist? Why should we get out of bed in the morning? Why should anyone care? Your goal in business shouldn't be with the people that needs what you have, instead the goal should actually be doing business with people who believe what you believe in. Decide where you want to be in 5 years time and get there in 2.

“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?” 
— Peter Thiel

We believe that by designing your life around your ambition instead of your ambition designing your life proves to be a lot healthier and productive. This statement might sound some what contradicting after our article ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat, Ambition Killed…’ last month, ambition shouldn’t make you shudder or put you off your passions and beliefs. When managed properly your ambition should be whats your tick.

Anyone for a glass of ice cold lemonade?


Originally published at cbthbn.com

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