We all strive for success.
Success in our work. Success in our lives.
But sometimes we get lost along the way.
We do everything that everyone else expects of us.
We follow the rules. We get good grades. We get into the right school. We follow the recipe for success that is laid out for us by our family, friends, teachers and social media experts.
But sometimes, we still don’t feel fulfilled.
How often have you unplugged from the noisy pace of our 24/7 world and gotten quiet?
When was the last time you listened to you?
Did you know that if you listen long enough, you will hear the answer? The answer to who you are meant to be in this life? The you that brings you joy, success and a sense of freedom that no one can take away from you?
And in that calm and easy listening, is a key that can unlock the you that you are meant to be in this life.
And that key is called, childhood.
I listened to a #TimFerris podcast with the uber-successful designer, #DebbieMillman.
She went through a lot of rejection in her life – a lot. Many of us do.
But it was a drawing she made when she was 8 years old that predicted her future success. She just didn’t know it at the time. She had drawn a picture of Manhattan (where she dreamed to move to from another borough someday), and on one of the trucks in the picture, she had drawn the Lays Potato Chip logo.
After many attempts and rejections as a journalist, she ended up as a product designer. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear her whole story.
Debbie’s story got me thinking.
When I speak around the world (and in my recent TEDx talk), I explain in one of my MISOGI stories about the secret of finding what you are meant to do by going back to your childhood. So when I heard the interview with Debbie, I smiled.
While I did not grow up in an abusive household, I did grow up with my parents splitting while I was in junior high and I did grow up with little money. And, like Debbie, I made up for my self-perceived flaw-filled life with getting involved – in everything. This was my way to soothe myself: I surrounded myself with activities that I loved.
So, while my intention is not to show you what I have accomplished; it is to show you that there are things that gave you joy as a child, and that influence and shape you as an adult.
If you want the key to finding who you are meant to be, go back to your childhood and remember what brought you joy and happiness and a sense of freedom. And then go for the big reach and follow your bliss!
What an amazing event.
TEDxOakLawn was an experience to remember.
I will let you know when the talks are released globally.
Thank you to all of the organizers and other speakers.
I am so honored to have been one of them.
When you hear my talk, I hope it inspires you to do your own MISOGI.
A book review about From Drift to SHIFT.
Right from the introduction, the author engages with the reader, and it’s impressive how I never felt like it was a one-sided conversation, a problem I have come across in some other non-fiction books. Each chapter focuses on the experiences of different people and what the author has drawn up from their journey for the reader to reflect upon.