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“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.”-Ayn Rand
I see it all around me.
A lulling of action in the face of opportunities.
Uncertainty, doubt and fear.
An entire people waiting to go after what they truly want.
Whether it is to start a company, learn a new skill, or educate themselves, people remain in waiting.
Waiting for what?
The stars to align?
The long winter to end?
The circumstances to be perfect?
Permission from their associates at work. Permission from their peers and family. Permission from authority figures. Permission from society. Permission from the universe itself. It is only when this permission is granted that they can finally act and go after what they truly desire.
So, they wait. They toil away and daydream. They envy others who are already taking action. They plot and plan but never execute. One day it will be their time. One day their moment will arrive. All that is needed is permission! Once granted, the sky is the limit.
But the truth of the matter?
The cold hard fact?
Permission isn’t required for what you are attempting to do. And even if it was, what would happen if the permission was never granted?
This line of thinking must stop. One does not need permission to begin. It is by looking for permission, by waiting for some sign, that they delay themselves. This is harmful and foolish behavior.
Because life is short and needs every moment. We can no longer remain idle alongside the road of action, awaiting the convoy of permission to escort us to the future that we desire.
It is up to us.
It is up to you.
Up to you to take action. Up to you to seize the moment. Up to you to begin the great endeavor of your life. You must set your own high standards and do whatever is in your power to not only reach them, but to surpass them. You must not wait for permission to become who you desire to be. One must set their own ideals and do everything in their power to realize these ideals.
Understand that the very permission you are seeking is meaningless. If you know what you want, you must go after it regardless of what others might say. Do not seek to be a pawn of permission but rather a pilgrim of purpose. If you fail to do so, you will be consumed from within. This inaction will eat away at you.
Do not fall prey to this.
Realize that throughout history, it was the people who set their own path, the individuals of action who have benefited society the most. Not those who waited in the wings, hoping that some benefactor would give them permission to act.
You can be one of those people.
Act now and leave permission to the fearful.
“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”-Theodore Roosevelt
STOP ACTING CHILDISH
“No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.”― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
When we were young, we assumed adults were the smartest people in the room. Our teachers, parents, bosses, and principals.
But now that we are adults, we know the truth.
We are surrounded by the infantile. In fact, the very people we work with and whose actions and moods may determine our futures are nothing more than children.
Look to the office and your professional lives. Look to the people that preach about corporate culture, as if their culture is something to be prized and admired by future historians and archeologists.
The workplace has bosses, not leaders. We have relinquished titles and positions of authority to people who are not meant to be leaders, who are nothing more than pretend leaders. Armchair generals and wannabes who have seen too many movies and read too few books. Children who have been raised on social media gurus and granted certificates of accomplishment from meaningless institutions who believe that a title gives them some form of actual power. We have made up positions with big titles that stroke the egos of small people. Chief Happiness Officer, Chief Heart Officer, Chief Cheerleader Officer, and so on. These are not the positions of true leaders. These are the positions of bosses, a pale comparison. Childish, infantile people, whose permission many rely on!
Do not become one of these individuals! These people who are in the permanent winter of their lives and careers and who believe themselves at the peak of their profession. So many have already become lost.
But not you.
You have power. You have goals.
Go after them!
Be aware that this constant need for permission is not something that a full-fledged adult requires but so many act as if they do.
This isn’t limited to the workplace.
The need to announce one’s own actions, goals, and desires has been multiplied by the social media networks that give permission in the form of likes and comments. We give up our freedom and desires to the great evaluators of our time.
If the crowd applauds and approves, you can move forward.
If the crowd answers in silence, this is proof of failure.
Yet what does the crowd know of your plans and ideals? What if you had the greatest idea but your following, many of them self-appointed experts, disagree? What if you are correct but they are wrong?
Sadly, we will never know. Most give up before they begin. This must stop!
Heed the inner voice that is constantly speaking to you. You have been waiting your entire life to do this. Begin now and leave the thoughts and opinions of the childish crowd behind.
“Because of some obstacle – constitutional weakness or defect, wrong education, bad experiences, an unsuitable attitude, etc. – one shrinks from the difficulties which life brings and thus finds oneself back in the world of the infant.” -Carl Jung, Alchemical Studies
LISTEN TO YOURSELF
“If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your own integrity. If you need a witness, be your own.”-Epictetus
At the end of the day, despite the countless experts, coaches, gurus, speakers, and leaders, only one opinion counts.
We all possess an inner compass, one that points to true north. But this compass is ignored by many. Instead, people arrive at destinations and call it fate. Yet those who follow this compass know the truth. It was their own desire all along that led them there.
Understand that the only voice that matters is the voice within. You must listen to yourself and take control of your life. You must avoid the need to ask for permission and instead take charge!
This is not as simple as it sounds. You will be plagued by inner doubts.
Can I do this?
Am I capable of this?
Will people believe me?
What if I fail?
Why am I even doing this?
But these inner doubts are normal. They are constant companions on the road that you are building, one that leads to a better tomorrow. Many people cannot listen to these questions. The inner monologue proves too strong. They spend far too long debating with themselves that by the time to act comes, it is too late.
Do not fall prey to such a trap.
You know what you want.
You know what you must do.
You don’t need permission.
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”-Audre Lorde
IN OTHER NEWS
I had the pleasure of being featured in Voyage Mia Magazine this week as one of Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories.
We discussed my history of entrepreneurship, my philosophy, and of course, The YouTopian Journey. You can read the full article here.
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I’m Shaun Gold and if you are reading this, you are already on your journey. Catch you next week.