We are fortunate to live in a world where technology is accessible to anyone who has either a laptop, smartphone or wifi access. And considering everyone can access at least two of these tools through a visit to your local library, we have to wonder what it is which makes it easier for some people to achieve their dreams while others can’t seem to get started.
Milton Berle said it best, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” People who build doors instead of complaining about the reasons why something cannot be accomplished are the people whose social media pages are followed and whose brands are purchased by the people doing the complaining. Depending on your perspective those door builders can inspire and motivate others or they can make others feel inadequate or envious.
It would be most beneficial if for the sake of argument – we agree that a little envy means there is a latent desire within which has not been turned into actionable movement. And with examples of people making it happen, we are witnesses to the idea being attainable. Now that’s the easy part – acknowledging you want something that has been done at least a few times.
The hard part is still to come – crafting your plan of action.
But I think its ok to stick with the easy part for a little while, if it helps to get you motivated.
Once you are motivated, all you need is a little inspiration.
In the last few weeks I have had the pleasure to come across a few remarkable people who are demonstrating the flexibility of ordinary jobs done with creativity and ingenuity. They have found a way to create careers out of unexpected and expected circumstances. Over the next few weeks, I will share profiles of each person I have had personal interactions with and how they carved out a specific niche for themselves among ordinary career paths. I like these ordinary paths like teaching, childcare, sales, etc because there are recognizable by almost everyone.
It is my hope that someone will be inspired by stories of ordinary people who created doors when faced with brick walls. They will be inspired to continue living their lives with purpose or inspired to make transformations (whether small or large) to their current circumstances.
Til next time,
“Inspiration is like salt, it only takes a little to enhance the flavor of your life.” – Tiffany Tom-Johnson
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