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Why You Should Do What You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Why You Should Do What You’ve Always Wanted to Do

You know what you’ve always wanted to do, BUT…

What is it with the rampant self-doubt?

You concoct so many reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do what you want. No time, money, support, etc. Classes to take, kids to care for, relationships to tend to, and so on. There should be a diagnosis code for this. Call it self-doubt 101, something so many of us suffer from.

What is the possible treatment?

There’s going onto the therapists couch and analyzing who, what, when, and where. Then there’s taking a trip, running away, and trying to find the answers elsewhere. And let’s not forget, the way most of us treat our excuses about why we don’t do what we always wanted: you stuff it down to the back of your soul and plod on. Doing what you think you ‘should’ do.

Here is another option.

Take a look at some people that went ahead and did what they always wanted and succeeded. But not before they failed on an epic scale. So take that in, realize that you can choose to do what you always wanted to and get ready to take some huge falls.

After falling and floundering, getting doors slammed in your face, being called all kinds of names, and shouting back at the voices in your head that scream at you to stop, you WILL succeed – just like these famous people below that did what they always wanted to do.

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You are no different than they are.

stallone

    Sylvester Stallone had it rough as a child. He was taunted in school and in-and-out of foster homes. He was told, “You’re stupid lookin’ do somethin’ else.” His movies grossed over a billion dollars.

    What he wanted to do: Inspire people and act.

    einstein

      Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four, or read until he was seven years old. Everyone thought he was mentally handicapped and would not accomplish anything. He won a Nobel Prize and became the face of modern physics.

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      What he wanted to do: Study physics and change the world.

      thinker

        Rodin was considered the worst student in his school and was continually rejected when applying to art school. His father called him an ‘idiot.’ He ended up becoming a sculptor and famously created “The Thinker Statue.”

        What he wanted to do: Be an artist and sculptor.

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        elvis

          Elvis Presley was fired by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry after one performance. Presley was told, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere… son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”  What do you know, Elvis became the most popular singer in America.

          What he wanted to do: Sing and perform.

          churchill

            Winston Churchill failed 6th grade and lost every election for public office until he was 62-years-old. He went on to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Among many other accomplishments, he renewed the world’s faith in the superiority of democracy.

            What he wanted to do: Serve his country.

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            disney

              Walt Disney went bankrupt and was fired by a news editor for ‘lack of imagination.’ He was the man who gave us Disney World and Mickey Mouse.

              What he wanted to do: Entertain people.

              It’s YOUR turn.

              What do you want to do? Imagine if these individuals above would have not felt they should do what they always wanted to do. We wouldn’t have Mickey Mouse! Or “Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go” (Elvis). How about the Winston Churchill quote: “Never, never never give up? The theory of relativity.” How about Rocky – that movie inspired people all over the world to go for their dreams and never give up.

              You have something that you always wanted to do and we are waiting, the world is waiting. Even if it’s something you don’t think will be the next Thinker Statue, it will light your soul and everyone around you will be encouraged by you. This ripple effect can make a change for generations to come.

              Put the Rocky soundtrack on and run up and down the stairs and imagine what your life would be like if you were doing what you always wanted to do. Prepare for bumps and bruises, knowing that that’s part of the game of life. And in the end, you will be pumping your fist, standing tall and proud of living your life the way you want to. You’ll be using the gifts you have until you cannot squeeze another drop out. Then squeeze some more.

              Featured photo credit: Do What You Love via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on July 15, 2019

              41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

              41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

              Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

              Love is one of those things.

              True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

              True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

              supportive couple

                A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                strong hug

                  A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                  running help

                    A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                    feeding kitten

                      A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                      It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                      mom and daughter selfie

                        A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                        girlfriends

                          Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                          selfies

                            A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                            selfie

                              Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                              dude selfie

                                Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                  A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                    A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                    It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                    photobomb

                                      A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                      old man photobomb

                                        A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                        family photobomb

                                          Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                          boyfriend photobomb

                                            A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                            True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                            shoulder to cry on

                                              A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                              flood dog

                                                During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                  A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                  lunch

                                                    A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                    hug

                                                      A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                      rubble

                                                        An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                        sister and brother

                                                          A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                          headstone

                                                            A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                            It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                              A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                              national guard goodbye

                                                                A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                saying goodbye

                                                                  A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                  And cherishing reunions

                                                                  husband home

                                                                    A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                    boyfriend home

                                                                      A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                      mother hug

                                                                        A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                        True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                        elderly women

                                                                          Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                          feeling young

                                                                            A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                            sprinkler dad

                                                                              A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                              subway couple

                                                                                A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                wheelchairs

                                                                                  A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                  It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                  silly faces

                                                                                    A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                    vote for pedro

                                                                                      A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                      True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                      date night

                                                                                        A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                        playing violin

                                                                                          Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                          True love is timeless

                                                                                          old friends

                                                                                            Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                            sitting around a fire

                                                                                              A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                              elderly couple

                                                                                                An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

                                                                                                Featured photo credit: Matteo Paciotti via flickr.com

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