Think about it, there will never be anyone exactly like you, ever, in all of humanity. No one else will ever be able to “dent the universe,” as you possibly can, to use the words of Steve Jobs. But will you do that…dent the universe, or will you settle for average like most of us will, retiring with our song or book still rattling in our heads? In her new book, Settle For More,” Megan Kelly credits her motto, the book title, as having dramatically transformed her life at home and at work—having abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her dream of being a journalist, and finding her real voice. Read her book about how she transformed her life and maybe learn about how you can do it too. She found her voice and followed it even at the expense of giving up a successful career in law. I love that concept, don’t you, settle for more? Click here to check it out:
Megan’s voice, like all our voices matter because we’re all in this together, this thing called humanity. If your voice is missing, then humanity is less for it, literally, by one voice, one person, one dream , of the collective whole. It’s easy to think, I’m just one person, what difference could I possibly make; But who knows? It’s easy to dismiss the contribution we might make, because most will never even try. Most people we hang out with every day will never try to dent the universe. It’s easy to dismiss our daydreams and pie-in-the-sky ideas as ridiculous and unachievable, ‘cause who wants to face the ridicule? Oh sure, some people make a huge difference, just not me. But what if you did live your dream, what if you could make it come true?
You may have seen a documentary called, Searching for Sugarman, about an immigrant from Mexico called Rodriguez. Rodriguez was a Detroit musician who made a couple of albums but never made it big in music. He followed his dream and found his voice, but then he quit and dropped out of sight. Unbeknownst to him, his music made it big in South Africa where it resonated with young South Africans fighting repression as the apartheid revolution raged on. Rodriguez’ voice, his music, came to be as important in South Africa as Jimi Hendrix’ music was to the troops fighting in Viet Nam. He had a huge impact across the globe and he didn’t even know it until 40 years later. He mattered much more than he knew, and he only realized decades later, how much. He mattered, and so do we all, whether we find fame and fortune or not.
Maybe your lot in life isn’t to be a famous song writer or author or astronaut. Maybe you’re here to plant the seed in another to be great. Maybe you can be the Bob Dylan in Rodriguez’ ear showing him how to make music. Maybe, like Rodriguez, no one will ever attribute your name to the dent you made in the world, or maybe it will come 40 years late, or never. It still matters. Maybe if you find your voice and write your book, people will forget and won’t be quoting you eons from now. It still matters. And it matters if you don’t find your voice too. Thousands of years later we know that Greek philosophers Aristotle and Socrates followed Plato, but who was Plato’s teacher? And more importantly, what if he or she never found their voice as a teacher. It matters. You matter and I matter, and we all matter. Even just our example of going for it matters, because just that effort may be all it takes for the next Plato to go for it and find their voice. It matters.
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