I went shopping today. Not so much because I NEEDED stuff. But moreso because I WANTED something: some springspiration.
Let’s face it: it’s been a hard, cold, long winter. Coupled with that, I’ve been asked to give the Keynote at Techfest in Ft. Wayne in a couple of weeks, along with a “For Girls Only” breakout session. Both talks are to “inspire” 300ish high school students to rock, be awesome, follow their dreams, etc.
When I got to the store, the Springspiration rack was totally empty. Bummer. But, here are some general first thoughts on how get your seasonal mojo back on, even if the weather is still resisting the next iteration of the year:
1. Don’t grow up. It’s a scam. Seriously – don’t do it. Stay young. Stay foolish. Take a risk or two. Be OK with failure–because trust me, it’s coming. But that’s OK. I’d rather you see some failure then think everything is perfect. Because there is no perfection. Perfection is booooring anyway. Next!
2. There is no perfection. As I said in #1, “perfect” is just like “growing up” – both are a scam. There is no perfection. The good is the enemy of perfect. If you wait for perfection, you’re going to be waiting a long, long time. Deal with good enough, and move forward.
3. Stay in school for as long as you can. I’ve got a PhD or two in the school of hard knocks. I got those in the university of the “real world.” You don’t have to go to Harvard, Stanford or MIT to keep on learning throughout your life. There’s now this really cool thing (that you’re ironically on right now) called the “internet” where you can learn cool stuff for FREE. If you keep learning, you keep growing.
4. Welcome the haters. I’ve said it before here, I’ll say it again: if you’ve got the haters coming out in full force against you, you’re doing something right. Welcome them, because without them, no one would be paying attention. Obviously, you’re doing something right to polarize peeps–carry on.
5. Don’t be a watered down version of y-o-u. This is kind of along the lines of #4…but this is the era of authenticity. You need to be the most authentic version of you. Otherwise, you’re not only doing a disservice to yourself, but your aren’t serving the universe in your best capacity either – which means your calling or purpose could be diluted (and we are all each here for a reason). Don’t be your mom’s version of you, or your teacher’s, or your preacher’s. Be YOUR best version of you, and don’t forget it.
I need a few more rules here to live by in order to “follow thy dream” – what are they? I don’t know. The rack is empty right now. But hopefully, another 5 ideas will pop up soon….