Finding Inspiration in Your Own Backyard
Inside of you right now is a completely unique combination of talents, skills, interests, and experiences.
Every one of you already has a backyard full of creative possibilities and you just need to take the first step.
No matter how hard you try to fight it, you can only really be yourself. The sooner we can find it within ourselves to begin the process of letting go of self-doubt, the sooner we can recognize and celebrate what we do have.
The second I leaned into [what made me different] and embraced them, instead of shying away, unbelievable things started happening.
Embrace who you are. Or just, like, try to. Or just think about it for now.
You need to work hard and commit to the project even when it seems like the world doesn't really care.
I finally said, 'Enough!' to self doubt. It's really hard and it's really worth it.
Let's decide that we are worth it, that our talents have actual value, that our dorky interests can be so much more than dorky interests is the tough nut to crack.
In my experience, taking the first step is the hardest part.
Now is the time to rip the bandaid off and just start.
If you find a way to connect and combine these parts of yourself, the results is almost certainly something very unique, something people won't get anywhere else, and something you're incredibly passionate about.
What interest can I just not stay away from?
What is one ability I feel confident in?
What is something I really love to do, just because?
If you're having trouble finding 'your thing,' ask yourself these questions with an honest and open mind: What is something I really love to do, just because?
People really do respond to passion and authenticity.
The problem is that we fail to see what is already inside of us. If we do see it, we're quick to dismiss or devalue it.
Inside of you right now is a completely unique combination of talents, skills, interests, and experiences. No one else has the combination that you have.
We're so good at comparing ourselves to other people and their talent and skills. We don't spend nearly enough time nurturing and thinking about our own.
You don't need to be the best at everything in order to be completely irreplaceable — be the best at exactly who you are.