Do you read many blogs? I read quite a few. Some are more special than others are, no doubt. Some blogs touch you in a place that others don’t even come close to. Know what I mean? One person who almost always is able to reach me with just the right message is Steve Olson. I don’t know for sure what it is about Steve that imparts meaning to me, but in many ways I find that he and I share some similarities in our lives, and that probably makes his writing meaningful to me.
In his most recent article, “Are you an extraordinary person?” Steve writes about his upbringing and how so many external influences pushed the message that he was nothing and never would be anything. Steve talks about how this message was so engrained in his mind that he just accepted it as a fact, and went on to live a life of mediocrity, never striving for more. I mean, you are what you are, and can’t change it, right?
Well, Steve did decide to change what he was, and to become an extraordinary person instead of just an ordinary person. In the process, he came to the conclusion that every person is extraordinary. I believe he really reached the truth when he discovered that!
The thing is, for me, you should always strive to be more than who you think you are. The other thing is to show people that you are more than they think you are too! Imagine, the people who told Steve that he was nothing. How many of those people know what he turned out to be, and how extraordinary he is? He has shown them that he is more than they expected, by being more than he thought he was.
In my own life, when I was in Elementary School my teachers said I was gifted. By the time I was in High School, I was living in another area, and I was treated by my teachers like I was below average in intelligence. But, I always lived my life to show people that I was more than they thought I was. It always helped me achieve new levels of success in life too.
These days, I am self employed, and I don’t worry too much about what most other people think, but for those who are important to me, I still try to exceed their expectations of me. There is only one downside to this, and that is that when you live this way, people’s expectations become quite high, and are not always easy to meet. You have to work extra hard to exceed those expectations.
It’s worth the work, though.