Today’s quote comes from Monday’s guest, Matt Young. You can hear his entire show at MakeYourSomeday.com/MattYoung.
Matt says that you need to put yourself first.
That sounds selfish, but it istrue. No one knows what you need and no one can fulfill your needs correctly. If your life is lacking, if you have a gaping hole in your family life, your career, your finances, everything begins to suffer and no one benefits.
And this also means that you need to be true to yourself. When you want to create something—a novel, a recipe, a podcast—you need to use your true voice. You need to be yourself. Play write Oscar Wilde once said “You need to be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”
You cannot create something using someone else’s dream and have the end product be what the dreamer expected. That is why I am always disappointed when I watch a movie based on a book that I’ve read. The cinema of my mind is how I would film it and the director of the movie simply gets it all wrong!
If you want success and happiness, you need to be true to yourself. Do what you need to do, what you were born to do. And do it with gusto, because no one can do it exactly like you can.
Today’s Speakpipe message is from Scott Wilson, who was also a guest back on MakeYourSomedayToday.com/ScottWilson, back in June of 2014. This question threw me for a loop. It required a fair bit of introspection, but I think that was an exercise of great value. That introspective look resulted in an honest dicussion of what I did right, and what I should have done. Realizing the missed opportunities of the past helps me understand the important of acting now!
What are YOUR hurdles? Tell Scott what you think of his question in the show notes.
My favorite book is Time Enough For Love, by Robert Heinlein. I reference a quote from the main character of that book, Lazarus Long. If you want to read the greatest of Heinlein’s works (in my opinion) read this. I’ve had the book since 1986 when a friend gave it to me, and I’ve read it annually. I always pick up something new. It is science fiction, science fantasy, hard science, history, cowboy western, romance, and time travel combined into a flowing narrative that add social commentary and satire (so prevalent in the non-politically-correct 1970’s when this was written.)
I also reference a song my one of the greats, Frank Sinatra, “My Way”. I don’t listen to a lot of Sinatra, but this song speaks to me. I listen to this when I need a reminder that I am the only me who exists. Only I can do what I can do, in the way I do it. I may not be the best, and I may fail, but only I can do things “my way.”
Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com
Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voiceover work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. And you can read his really nice, contemplative blog.
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