I first came across Zig Ziglar after hearing Seth Godin mention him. I later listened to one his talks on YouTube, This is your brain and here’s how it works.
It was a few years ago but I jotted down a some quotes that I thought were worth sharing:
- Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
- Motivation isn’t permanent.
- Opportunity is where you are, most people simply overlook it.
- The person you are and the person who people think you are , are many times entirely different people.
- You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
It’s one thing to have all these really good ideas but it’s another thing to put yourself out there.
Often the reason for holding back is fear that comes in the form of what ifs.
What if I’m not good enough?
What if nobody is interested?
What if peopel make fun of me?
What if I fail?
The questions go on and on until you’ve totally written yourself off.
But the chances are that if you never try you’ll always wonder if things could have turned out okay, so maybe it’s worth a shot.
Take a risk, put yourself out there.
We often have a habit of having a very shallow view of popular people. Not in the materialistic sense but instead that we forget to perceive the depth of a human being in these kinds of people.
We take them at face value, as 2D versions of their true selves forgetting to consider that they have whole other lives separate to what we know them for.
Gabrielle Chanel is one of the most iconic fashion designers in history. But before pursuing that career she had her sights set on being a performer (she was also a Mistress to many and a Nazi Spy). It’s an almost strange thought to comprehend.
If you simply look at Chanel for all she achieved in her life time and the luxury brand that still stands today you might end up forgetting that she actually had to work for it.
When you’ve spent a few years pursuing a side hustle that you hoped would becoming your main thing, it’s can be hard to let it go, even when you know it’s not working.
Chanel probably had no chance of becoming who she was if she’d kept on singing.
Don’t ever be afraid to move on to something new.