Remember, the film 'Dead Poets Society', where the teacher played by Robin Williams told the students to stand on their desks and ask them what they can see. This is where the famous line was quoted, Carpe Diem.
What do you see when things are upside down? Can you create something out of the vantage point?
I bet you can.
Time and time again, this one is very true.
Show up and deliver. Always be ready to take the opportunity that is presented regardless whether it is the right time, place, or scenario. An opportunity is some times disguised as something else.
Showing up means taking action, making commitments, and securing engagements with people that you think will help get you to the next level. It doesn't matter whether it results in a small incremental step. Those steps will add up and will lead to sizable progress cumulatively.
Showing up means taking the courage, while you don't see the big picture, the answer to the problem, or the complete information. It doesn't negate the fact that you showed up, made the effort, and seize the day.
Deliver, when nobody is reading, nobody is listening, nobody seems to care. Deliver consistently, with passion, with love and care as you put your products out, let the world know this is not about the popularity, the number of likes, the retweets, and the instant fame. It is about your message, your story, your contribution. It is about how you relate to your community, your family, and the world.
Showing up ever ready to take the challenges of the day will create the attitude and the frame of mind to move beyond obstacles, whether imagined or not, and will expand your reference of what you-can do!
We have a friend that is bemoaning his fate. Wanting to go to medical school, he was discouraged by the quota system that favored more women than men and ethnic minorities than from Caucasian background.
Well, for one, you can’t blame the ethnic minorities who are immigrants for this treatment. They came without no network, no recognized credentials, no language skills, no schools or professors that can support them, no neighbors, no coaches, no extended relatives, no government subsidies, not a lot of friends in high places, literally not a lot. But they are doing their best to get the education, jobs, and lifestyle they want in Canada proving that they can make it here in their new country. If you think this is unfair, it wasn’t a level playing field, to begin with.
This excuse cannot fly in the midst of a lot of successful people that went on to medical school and got their degrees and become full-fledged doctors! The quota system, the high tuition fees, the grueling apprenticeship, and the initial practice can break your resolve, but there is no such thing as get-successful quick.
I say it to young people. If the doors are not open for you, try the door at the back. Try the next door that is open. Try the door on the side. Try different ways to get into the building. It can take time, but with creativity, planning, and lots of support, you can figure out a way to get connected, one door at a time.