JKLTip What myths are keeping you from taking on your goals? Try to talk them through with a couple of people you trust and see if they should stand in the way or not
There are myths, widely held but false beliefs, that can hold us back from being brave, taking chances, or feeling fulfilled. This week in particular I have struggled with a few of them
Money is the Root of All Evil – I always felt that going into public industry was in some intrinsic way a moral move. I still do feel that supporting youth in public education is one of, if not the best role we can fulfill in society, that said my belief is not tied to money how it used to be. I realize that with money you can create more learning opportunities, support more charities, and yet there is nothing to say you can not still be humble, as well as live in an admirably frugal manner
You must focus on one thing at a time – I love supporting youth, I love my family, friends, I love my coworkers, I really enjoy writing, making art, and I have always wanted to start a business. I know that having too many things on the go is how we burn out. I’ve learned that the hard way. I also recognize that many successful entrepreneurs will tell you that if you don’t double down and focus you will fail. Perhaps there is statistical truth, however many others would tell you they were serial entrepreneurs, or side hustlers because they couldn’t live without an aspect of their being. Currently, I fall into that category; can I start a business, still work in public education and be a healthy, and impactful father and friend? I think so long as I manage expectations knowing some of it may not work out and that’s ok, recognizing that if I did just focus on fitness I would get back to peak shape, but that hedging opportunities is more how my intrinsic motivators tick and I would not exist otherwise.
Being an Attention Seeker is Bad – We all know the behaviors that can lead someone to say, “oh, she is just seeking attention” in a very condescending, evidently judgemental way, as though as a blanket statement seeking attention is bad. We act as though everyone with attention seeking behaviors lack self esteem, or have emotional issues. The ability to scale group support, real change and impact using technology is still very young (Facebook – 14 yrs old, Twitter – 12 yrs old, Pinterest, Instagram – 8 years Old, MeWe – 2 years old) and what we need to realize is that the best way to amplify the good people, is by as much of the good people getting as much attention as possible, so here’s to passing it on..