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TK’s Two Cents: Motivation, Diversity, The Power of Words, Vulnerability, Determination, & Positive Thinking

On Motivation

A sense of purpose is the purest source of inspiration.

Give a man a job, and if he’s a good worker, he’ll remember to show up and clock in on time. Give a man a reason for existing, and even if he’s a bad worker, he’ll immerse himself in creative action so deeply that he’ll lose his sense of time and completely forget to clock out.

What is commonly mistaken for discipline and courage is often just the organic expression of self-knowledge.

When a man knows his “why”, his excuses and fears bow before him like servants.

On Diversity

What a monotonous world it would be if everyone thought like me.

And there would be nothing fun left to do if I were required to be like you.

But when you are you and I am me, there’s plenty of beauty for us both to see.

On the power of words

The first four letters of the word ‘sentence’ spell ‘sent.’

This reminds me of the fact that it is impossible to utter a sentence without the energy of the speaker being ‘sent’ out.

Words are to the human spirit what wires are to electricity–carriers of a most powerful energy that is capable of both creating and destroying.

On Vulnerability

Sometimes I feel threatened by certain conditions in my life.

I’ve learned to not regard this as a bad thing.

When this happens, I simply remind myself that it’s temporary and I quiet my mind by going for a walk, listening to music, or assuming a meditative posture.

Then, I allow the sensation of being threatened to usher me to that place within myself that needs to be healed, heard, embraced, or reminded that it is truly loved.

On Determination

No matter how many demands the world places on you, you have to be willing to fight to create space for the work you love.

Permission never comes from the outside and it’s always a “bad time” to do something different, creative, risky, or interesting.

Success will always be a stranger to you unless you make it your companion while it’s still invisible.

You have to adopt opportunity as an imaginary friend until it becomes real. 

On positive thinking

Life is like a photo you upload into instagram.

While there are certain elements in the picture you can’t change, you do have the opportunity to make edits before you save it as a final copy.

Some things you’re still going to be stuck with, but no matter how bad it is, you can always spice it up a little.

You ARE the opportunity: Moving beyond ideas of scarcity & competition Pt 2

In my last post, I  promised to give you my two cents on why I think it’s misguided to place faith in the world of consensus opinion, market research, familial support, & historical precedent as a reliable place to look when trying to figure out who you are and what you should do with your life. If you’d like to read the most recent post, click here. For the conclusion of that post, continue reading. I hope you enjoy.

The crowd doesn’t know what it wants until you tell them

The problem with relying on external forms of guidance to validate your personal convictions and creative impulses is that, more often than not, the world has no clue what it wants or needs until someone with a vision goes out and creates it first.

The very society in which we live is anchored in technologies and tools that the masses never requested or demanded. Once those inventions were created, however, the world expanded and made room for them. Now, we can’t imagine living without these previously unnecessary commodities.

Henry Ford is known for having said “If I would have listened to my customers, I would’ve given them a faster horse.”

It’s ALWAYS a bad time to follow your heart

Ford’s story is not the exception. It’s the general rule.

Every story of successful people, tells the narrative of an individual who dared to take risks BEFORE they had an audience, BEFORE they had an oscar award, BEFORE they had a record contract, BEFORE they had a single customer, BEFORE they had a book deal, BEFORE their skills were fully polished, BEFORE they had mastered their craft, BEFORE anyone in their families said “I believe in you”, or BEFORE some other seemingly essential component was already in place.

One of the harshest realities of life is that the world is never going to give you permission to act on your dreams.

Being yourself actually works

One of the most liberating insights you’ll ever discover is the realization that you don’t need the world’s permission anyway, because the universe was designed to accommodate your dreams.

Being yourself actually works. Self-Authenticity, when consistently practiced, causes you to attract the conditions, relationships, opportunities, ideas, and resources you need to fulfill your vision.

When we wait until we get enough money, time, or status, to follow our inner callings, we remain stuck in the same cycles of misery and malcontent. Life really works the other way around. It’s the willingness to act on Faith that brings the money, time, status, or whatever else is required.

You’ll have what it takes when you know you already have what it takes

You have what it takes to make it, but you’ll never make it until you realize that you have what it takes to make it BEFORE anyone else agrees with you.

Don’t wait on the evidence. It’s not going to show up until you do first.

Don’t wait on a following. They wont show up until you take the lead.

Don’t wait on anyone to encourage you. Others will provide encouragement after you learn to encourage yourself.

Don’t wait for anyone to take you seriously. When you take yourself seriously, the world will eventually catch on.

Don’t wait for anyone to give you an opportunity. Be the opportunity.

Move beyond the  ideas of scarcity and competition by trusting your ability to make the world adjust to you.

That’s all I have to say today, folks.

This is your advancement advocate, T.K. Coleman, and that’s my two cents

CREATE a great day!

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