Every Friday at 5 PM, the TH3RD BRAIN team gets together for Intentions – Each person shares (including those on the phone) by acknowledging two people at the company for their greatness that week, mentioning one thing he or she did well, can improve, and is looking forward to. The activity takes an hour. It keeps us grounded and connected to each other.
One of our team members this week mentioned the need to stop comparing themselves to others – I loved being reminded of this.
We each have our own path to life and business. In this on-demand era, it’s more challenging to remember to exude patience and persistence simultaneously – We can learn from others without having to follow in their footsteps or comparing our place on the path.
Samuel L Jackson was recovering from heroin addiction at the age of 46 when he was cast in his breakthrough role in Pulp Fiction. Vera Wang didn’t decide to start designing until she was 40! Martha Stewart’s fame began at the age of 41 when she published her first book. Ray Kroc was 52 when he opened his first McDonald’s franchise. What about Grandma Moses who didn’t start her painting career until the age of 78? In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million!
While I am turning 29 next week, I am inspired by those whose success started later in life. Regardless of age, their stories remind us we never know when our greatest wins are right around the corner.
The internet taught my generation we can create and have anything we want. We were showcased others’ greatest highs via social media and we strive for the same pinnacles. But we must stay true to who we are, what we believe, and remember we are each on our own path to success.
In honor of President’s Day Weekend, I will leave you with this:
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt