Sigourney Weaver, Actor
“I don’t have ambitions, I believe in taking what comes. I have that philosophy about life in general. I go in and try to transform it into the best it can be.”
You were just handed some lemons. What do you do? Most people are so familiar with that quote that they immediately say, “make lemonade”.
Ms Weaver is going a step beyond that. She doesn’t get creative only at the time when things are not going so great, she is talking about discovering what is available to you, be it good, bad, or ugly, and starting from there, and making the best you can of it in EVERY circumstance. If you are experienced at such things, you may even be able to make something more valuable than the sum of the parts available.
Being intrepid in this manner is what saves the day, and even lives when they are on the line. Those who are able to think quickly but clearly can save themselves and other a lot of trouble, and can anticipate the moves required for some serious success in every area of life. This is a skill you really want to cultivate.
A quote from Nido Qubein
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
Sometimes it takes us a while to learn the lesson that limitations on what we can do are mostly piled on by our own insecurities, basically what we think we can do. The average human will not attempt something they know can’t be done. They simply will not waste the effort to try.
We hear motivational speakers say, “If you think you can, you can.”
This is not some pie in the sky magic bullet to automatically solve all the problems in the world and make us richer than the dreams of avarice. There is a really good kernel of truth to this, and I am sure you have learned by now, I am going to tell you what I think it is.
Belief is the fuel for you efforts. The amount of energy expended to accomplish something is directly tied to the belief that it can be achieved. You simply won’t give it your all if you don’t believe. It’s just that simple.
Take what you are given, and build something that would make your mother-in-law proud of you!
Mohammed Ali, The Greatest
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
Wasting thirty years would be a complete travesty. I think of those in prison who go in at an early age and then are old when they get out. What an amazing waste of human potential. I am not going to debate the pros and cons of crime and punishment or rehabilitation. This is just to illustrate the point that if you learned nothing between 20 and 50, you my friend, are in a sad state.
The human ability to learn, create and grow is extraordinary. When all that potential is stifled in an environment where there are so many chances to stimulate our brains and imaginations, it is clearly a crime.
When does this happen? It could be laziness in the person affected, it could be the fault of a parent who tried to keep them under their thumb for selfish reasons, or sometimes even physical abuse that causes someone to close up emotionally for safety from the savage world they live in.
When you see someone in a situation like that, try your best to give them something. You don’t know everything, so you can’t teach them everything. There is one simple thing you can do that will help for a lifetime. Try to instill in that person the actual desire to learn. If you can start that little fire, it could eventually create a burn that will be unstoppable later.
A person who loves learning will get information from so many different sources, and will just start to absorb what is around them like a sponge. They will pick up some from your store of knowledge, but you don’t have to be the smartest person ever. That one little nugget you taught them of wanting to learn will serve them for a lifetime, even when you are not around.
Don’t just hand someone a fish, that will only feed them for a day. Actually teach them to fish, and you will feed their hunger for a life time.
There is an interesting article in the Huffington Post entitled “Things You Learn By 50. Check it out! The link will be in the show notes for Episode 49 of Daggers Of The Mind.
I would like to thank the band Portal for allowing me to use their music in Daggers Of The Mind. Their website is portalpraise.homestead.com
Don’t forget about the other show I do with my wife Dee. It is called the WV Podcast and is about the great state of West Virginia and the stories of the amazing people that make it such a great place to live. You can find everything we do at wvpodcast.com, or in the “All of us West Virginians” group on Facebook.