We live in a society where it’s common to compare ourselves to others. In doing this, we tend to envy qualities that others possess, not always realizing that we are capable of doing great things ourselves.
The main ingredient for success in life, is to believe in ourselves and do the things that we are destined to do.
I may not have the same skills that my friend does, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t possess my own set of talents.
By realizing the areas in which I excel, I can put my natural abilities to work and really be the best version of myself that I can be.
This goes along with the saying that you can’t really compare apples to oranges.
You also cannot judge a person’s ability by lacking certain talents, because chances are they have other talents that others do not have.
This reminds me of a quote that says something like this: “If you judge a turtle by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
On that note it is important to note that we all have special talents and abilities, we are all special.
I consider myself to be creative in general, not necessarily an artistic kind of creative but overall. For example, I find creative ideas for solving particular problems or challenges, and that is an area in which I feel I do my best work.
I’ve always had a great appreciation for other kinds of creativity such as traditional paintings when I was a teenager, but I never really considered myself to have a natural ability to paint like others may be able to do.
Instead of being hard on myself because I knew I wouldn’t be the next Vincent Van Gogh, I painted in order to express myself.
I used the same creativity that went into other areas I was good at to paint pictures that were just as unique in their own way.
Even still, I used to receive compliments on paintings that I had done. If I didn’t believe in myself, I probably would have just thrown out the idea of even attempting a painting.
There will always be people in this world that want to bring others down, because misery loves company, but you really have to believe in yourself simply because you are your own best or worst motivator.
Positivity loves company, too. Surrounding yourself with positive people is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
It’s hard to see the good in situations when you don’t have a positive support network. Having people around that can help you see the light in a bad situation is a blessing.
There’s always something good to be found, you just have to have the right mindset in order to find the light sometimes.
A lot of times, the only person holding us back – is ourselves. If there’s a job you want, go for it. If you want a pay raise, ask for it.
The worst that someone can tell you is “no,” and if you don’t try, you will never know.
Remember then to know yourself, and believe in yourself, but even simpler than that you can create success by…Being yourself.
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Photo credit: Tony Hisgett – Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night