Teddy Roosevelt said that, and not many people listened. Even less are listening now.
Let’s see why?
Do what you can. Yeah, what CAN you do?
Most people I know never took the time to develop any skills. They are amateurs in every area of life, in everything they do.
They skim things. They dabble in things. They have no skills, no mastery, no superpower.
Why? Because it is not exciting. It is not something you would post on social media. It is too fundamental.
Picasso, before he became Picasso, learned to draw and paint realistically. Well. Then he began his journey to break up things.
No one does anything well nowadays… or a very few only.
People, you, want exciting, extreme, fancy.
When I observe people, when I talk to people, they don’t seem to EVER look at what they can do. Where do they look?
1. In their minds
2. In what they don’t have
Why would that be?
I have a hunch. You don’t know what you have. You know what you brag about. You know what you pretend to have. But you disvalue what you have. Take it for granted… just like you take the people in your life for granted.
Every project, small or large should start with formulation. It is a phase. Ideally it takes as long as it takes…
In marketing it is researching your market, what language they use, what they say they need, what they buy…
In most other projects, looking what are your resources. Stuff, knowledge, people.
I have never met a person who did that.
This is why the guru courses sell, and everyone has several volumes on their bookshelves, unheeded.
Everyone wants the fancy stuff… no one wants to do the fundamental. Without a foundation nothing will work… and of course, nothing works.
It is the same in self-development, self-growth. The fancy, when it cannot stand on a foundation, is just puffery.
It sounds like I am ranting, and maybe I am.
But this is more than just a rant.
It is never too late to build a foundation. And i you are one of the rare people, it is never too late to build on it.
An interesting observation. Arrogance considers a tone of voice, an attitude more important that having more that just a ‘feeling’ that you can do something, or that you know something.
People who can do something do it… instead of pontificating about it.
There is nothing more precious, there is nothing that makes you feel better about yourself and your life than mastery.
Like everything else, master begins small. and grows through mistakes, error, clumsiness, strengthening strengths, and weeding out the weaknesses.
I know, I know, it is not politically correct in this day and age, it is not sexy, not Twitter-worthy, or Instagram-worthy.
But without it, you are building castles in the air, castles that you can’t live in
And the worst thing: you know it. You know it’s worthless, and you also know that building worthless word-castes makes YOU worthless.
And unless you love yourself, unless there is integrity in your world, you hate yourself.
And that is where most people live: in self-hate.
But you can start building a foundation of integrity right now. It will feel painfully slow, but unless you start, unless you build it, you’ll live the rest of your days in self-hate.
I shiver at the thought of it.
In my first step to steer my business like an oceanliner to new waters, I have just canceled my Playground, and I am starting a new program that is dealing mainly with the future.
The new program will be, I think, on Wednesdays and maybe some sessions on Saturdays for those who have a job and no guts or power to negotiate two hours off in the middle of a workday.
If they think their lives don’t depend on the future they never created… they are sadly mistaken.
No guts no glory. That is life.
Email me (sophie at yourvibration.com) if you want to come this Wednesday and see if it is for you… or not. If you are a pansy, a sensitive soul, a Milquetoast… it is not for you. Love is tough… and I am all about love. What YOU think is love is coddling… Ugh… Ugly.