Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate . Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?Marianne Williamson
Ever wondered why some people seem to have it all and you keep feeling there is something missing in your life? I felt exactly the same way a few years ago. I was working really hard and just didn’t feel like I was “making it”. The big decider came when I looked at my bank balance one day, realising that the number I set out to achieve felt somewhat empty. It didn’t feel as good as I thought it would feel. I thought that if I achieved a certain monetary number I would be happy. Turns out I was wrong. I didn’t particularly enjoy what I was doing either and I kept asking myself if this was what I really wanted to do with my life. I spent so much time studying and becoming qualified as a psychometrist I just didn’t feel I could “give it all up”. Speaking to my friends didn’t help either, as they just amplified my fears at the time, though they meant well. It wasn’t untill some time later ( OK a few years) that someone asked me: If you could start over, what would you do? And that’s when I realised that I could actually start over.
I’ve been doing it since I could remember.
Never quite fitting in, always being different, having crazy ideas, dreaming really big dreams – that’s me.
Being told that something can’t be done, seemed like a big red flag – a challenge to be taken up. Friends, family, colleagues and even strangers often share their deepest thoughts with me, asking advice – testing whether they could actually follow their dream, take this new job, move to another country, move into a new leadership role or start another/new business. When some executives, entrepreneurs,psychologists, HR people, OD consultants and “tech guys” are at their wits end – they come to me. Most of the time for a really deep conversation – about what’s important to them. For fresh ideas, for inspiration, for “off the wall thinking”, for “there’s got to be a better way” conversations, for prepping to have those courageous conversations and reinventing themselves.
This poem by Steve Jobs (together with Ken Segall and Craig Tanimoto) really epitomises the kind of people I love to work with, because I am one of them…..
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the one who do.
So if you can relate to some of this or even if your heart is just pounding that little bit faster right now, you are in the right place and I’d love to explore with you how you can rock the world in your unique way. Let’s talk.