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Self-Improvement — #ILLUMINATION

What If You Followed Your Heart

Would it lead you to success or disaster?

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Dreams have played a significant role in my life over the years. I have several related stories on my profile.

Lately, many of my nocturnal visions have been about restaurant work. I wrote about a dream which I interpreted to mean that my inner self was telling me that I am not living on purpose.

This morning when I woke up, I couldn’t vividly remember my dream, but the message rang clear in my head. Remember the days when you managed Pizza Hut in Chicago? I do. A couple of things immediately popped up in my memory. I was proud of creating picture-perfect pizzas, and as a result, they asked me to make the pizzas for their commercials.

I also remembered one of my cooks, John, who didn’t make pretty pizzas, but I had customers who would call to inquire if John was working because he made the best tasting pizzas.

The message came through loud and clear. Put your heart into whatever you do. My art was in creating beauty; John’s was in managing the oven and the cooking process. Both of us loved what we did and had fun doing it.

When I took over the restaurant as a manager, it needed a lot of work. I worked from open to close — 8 AM till 1 or 2 AM — for 22 consecutive days. The result was that the unit was profitable for the first time in its two year history. I won the manager of the year award.

“Put your heart into it,” said my inner voice.

I re-committed to my writing business when I started writing for #ILLUMINATION. Not only am I dedicated to creating at least one article every day, but I am also focusing on improving my writing skills. I can see the difference. My editing skills have gotten much better, but I am also able to catch myself when I make poor word choices or make a grammatical mistake. I am beginning to see my voice emerge.

My three takeaways.

Love what you do

Whatever you decide to do in life, you must put your heart into it, because not only will you find joy in it, you will also experience success. Your love shows up in the final product and makes it shine.

Variety is the spice of life

Your love for something may not be the same as everyone else’s love for it. But by recognizing the diversity within the whole, we complement each other and bring about a result that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Teamwork makes the dream work

An orchestra consists of many different instruments playing simultaneously. However, understanding the role each one has, and accordingly playing your part is what creates a symphony.

My dream is to create a writing business that is not only self-sufficient but also enables me to thrive.

Day thirteen of the #30-day challenge. My theme: Self-Improvement

I am a self-proclaimed weirdo, Jack of Many Trades and Master of Some. I live the Freedom Lifestyle and write about related topics.

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You can let others tell you what it means to be successful, or you can decide it for yourself.”



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Rasheed Hooda

Self-proclaimed weirdo. Jack of Many Trades, Master of Some. Author, Speaker, Photographer. He walked on Route 66 Chicago to L.A.