I hope that these great Words of Wisdom from athlete turned author and entrepreneur Lewis Howes inspire you today!
In a speech, Lewis shares a story of a boy picking up a bunch of starfish that had washed up on the beach and throwing them back into the ocean to save them. There were literally millions of these starfish and no way that this boy was going to be able to save every one of them. A man noticed the boy’s seemingly futile mission and told him just that. The boy replied, “Well, at least I made a difference to that one.”
Most of us will not ever be able to reach millions of people. We’re not Mother Theresa or the Pope, and that’s perfectly okay. We can still go out and do something kind for just one person that can make their entire day. We can make a positive impact on just one person, and potentially change the course of that person’s life. That, to me, is still worthwhile and commendable.
Watch Lewis speak below…
I definitely had to share these Words of Wisdom from director, screenwriter, and producer Ava DuVernay!
In this clip, Ava stresses the importance of working on our goals without permission. “Who are we asking for permission to do what we want to do? That should be eradicated,” Ava mentions in the clip. Who are you really seeking approval from? Honestly, you don’t need it. People mean well, but most often don’t see or understand the vision that has been placed in your heart. That’s okay. You can’t really expect that.
So many of us feel the need for permission or approval, whether it be with our family and friends, our bosses, or even people on social media. I went through that phase myself and, in a sense, tried to be someone I wasn’t because of that. Over time, I learned that I have to go after the vision that God has given me for my life regardless of what other people think or feel I should do. I take in a few opinions and constructive criticism from a select few, but I no longer let anyone throw me off of my life path. You shouldn’t either.
Listen to Ava’s great advice below!
I love me some RuPaul. I have ever since I saw him as Connie the Bodega woman in Crooklyn. Beyond drag and music, I always loved the fact that he seemed comfortable being himself regardless of what others may think. And I’m sure he had a rough time along the way, but he stands tall in who he is. That’s why I love these Words of Wisdom from him!
We really can get caught up in what other people think and expect of us. Family, friends, and even strangers on the internet. However, over time, I’ve learned to pay most people no mind if they don’t agree with my look, my words, or whatever else. I can’t be worried about what other people want me to be or what they think I should do, especially when it’s just negative criticism. If it don’t apply, I really let that mess fly. Mean and rude comments say a lot about the other person, and not me.
Watch RuPaul discuss his own experience with the one and only Oprah Winfrey…
I love this Words of Wisdom video from Terry Crews!
Terry started out in the NFL as a defensive end and linebacker in the nineties, but gravitated towards acting after his football career. Of course, not a lot of people saw acting as the best opportunity for him. But Terry tried anyway. “As I kept trying new things, new doors kept opening,” he said in the clip. And look at his career now!
So often, people get deterred from exploring new things. Maybe because of fear of failure. Maybe because they feel they’re too old now (or too young). Maybe there’s doubt in ability. But it’s like my father used to tell me: “Nothing beats a failure but a try.” You really never know what the future might hold for you! You’ll only discover that if you open yourself up to trying new things and exploring new opportunities.
Watch Terry speak on this below!
This Words of Wisdom video from life coach and inspirational speaker Lisa Nichols is a must watch!
I’ve written before about not dimming your light for anyone and how it only hurts in the long run. Lisa speaks more on this subject, letting us know straight up that as we grow, other people aren’t going to be feeling it. “As your light gets brighter, you’re going to disrupt some people,” Lisa stated.
Why? People have insecurities and can be small minded. So they may shut down your ideas or vision, sometimes because of that, or even sometimes out of what they believe to be love and concern. Don’t be mad at them, and definitely don’t hold yourself back because of other people’s insecurities and limited minds.
Please believe, you have something good to offer this world. But you can’t do that if you’re out here constantly being swayed by what other people think. Instead, walk strong and confident in who you were meant to be! “You just look at them and say, “Well, I’m not going to dim my light. I’m just going to hand you some shades!” Preach, Lisa!
Watch her powerful words below…