If I don’t care for myself, who else will?Dipanshu Rawal, Quora user
If I don’t invest in myself, who else will?
If I don’t create a life I want to live, who else will?
If I don’t pause and reflect on my current state, who else will?
If I don’t develop patience, stillness, and peace in myself, who else will?
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
-John R. Wooden
The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.
Full text of “Every body dies, but not everybody loves” by Prince EA
“It is not death most people are afraid of
It is getting to the end of life
Only to realize that you never truly lived
There was a study done –
A hospital study – on 100 elderly people facing death
Close to their last breath
They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret.
Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did
But the things they didn’t do
The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue
I ask you
Would your last words be: if only I had
Hey, you wake up!
Why do you exist?
Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent
No, no I don’t know much
But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift
And I apologize to the black community
But I can no longer pretend… Martin Luther King
That man never had a dream, that dream had him
See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them
So the question I’m getting to…
Is do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you?
That befits you and grips you, or will you let it get away and slip through?
You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day
This was – this was so surprising see
I was talking to a pilot and he told me
That many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in
But he said actually…
It is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground
I say what?
Like how does that sound
Well he said because on the ground, the plane starts to rust, malfunction and wear
Much faster than it ever would if it was in the air
As I walked away I thought
Yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies
And every person was built to live out the dream they have inside
So it is perhaps the safest loss to live a life on the ground
Without ever taking off
See most of us are afraid of the thief
That comes in the night to steal all of our things
But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams
His name is doubt
If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids
Cos he is wanted for murder
For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did
He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you…
Blinded, divided and turn you into a “kinda”
See “kinda” is lethal
You know what kinda is?
There’s a lot of kinda people
You kinda want a career change
You kinda want to get straight A’s
You kinda want to get in shape
Simple math, no numbers to crunch
If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want
What is your dream?
What ignites that spark?
You can’t kinda want that
You got to want it with every part of your whole heart
Would you struggle?
Yeah you will struggle, no way around it
You will fall many times, but who’s counting?
Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain
If you want to make it to the top
Then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over
There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over
But let me tell you something
Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times
Three times, but he kept going
The television execs fired Oprah, said she was unfit for TV
But she kept going
Critics told Beyonce that she couldn’t sing, she went through depression
But she kept going
Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness
That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it
Because pain is life, but you can choose what type
Either the pain on the road to success
Or the pain of being haunted with regret
You want my advice? Don’t think twice
We have been given a gift that we call life
So don’t blow it
You were not defined by your past
Instead you were born anew in each moment
So own it now
Sometimes you gotta leap
And grow your wings on the way down
You better get the shot off before the clock runs out
Cos there ain’t no over time in life, no do over
And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force
But if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself
But the whole world… short
So what invention do you have buried in your mind?
What idea? What cure?
What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe?
Uni meaning one, verse meaning song
You have a part to play in this song
So grab that microphone and be brave
Sing your heart out on life’s stage
You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning
But you can start now and make a brand new ending”
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.