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How to Make a Dent in the Universe

M31, Andromeda Galaxy [explored]
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One of the greatest things about the world we live in today is that everybody has an opportunity to make a dent in the universe. The narrowing gap between creativity and technology is bringing about a creative revolution that is enabling people to tap into their potential like never before. If you stop focusing on all the things that are wrong with the world, you’ll start to see why it’s the greatest time in history. You have an opportunity to live the life that’s truly at your disposal like never before.

Meet Lots of People

Nothing of great significance is accomplished without the help of othes. Look at anybody who is at the top of their game, and I guarantee you they had help getting there. Steve Jobs may have been the visionary behind Apple, but without people like Jonathan Ive and Tim Cook, he wouldn’t have had the same impact on the world. I’ve built BlogcastFM with  the help of lots of brilliant people, over 250 of them.

Take Little Risks Every Single Day

If you’re afraid to take chances, start small. Make what Peter Sims refers to as little bets. As you take small chances, you’ll get comfortable with failing, learning from your mistakes and you’ll develop a tolerance for risk.

Challenge the Status Quo

If you’re the type of person who is hell bent on defending the status quo, you won’t make a dent in the universe. Just because something has always been done a certain way, it doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Defending tradition blindly is not only stupid, but it hinders the progress of humanity. The willingness to try something different has resulted in some of our greatest achievements.

Do What Most People Won’t

If you want to get the results in your life that most people don’t you have to be willing to do the things that most people won’t. It’s often unglamorous and painful. But the payoff is worth anything you have to go through.

Learn to be ok with who you are and where you are

Comparison is a deadly trap. There’s always going to be somebody ahead of you and somebody behind you. Don’t get caught up in the success of others or the ego driven pursuit of a life that looks good on paper.

Stop Apologizing for Your Crazy Wild Eyed Dreams

You don’t need a reason to make a dent in the universe. The only person you have to answer to is yourself.  Let them call you out of your mind, insane, and batshit crazy. Once you’ve made your dent, those people all have a tendency to sing a different tune.

Stop Coming up with Reasons Why Something Isn’t Possible

I’m amazed by how often people will look at their desire to make a dent in the universe and come up with a list of of reasons why it isn’t possible. How the hell would you know? You haven’t even made an attempt.

Stop Waiting for Permission to Be Extraordinary

You don’t need to raise your hand. You don’t need to ask for permission to speak.  Say what you need to say. Do what you need to do. Stop waiting for permission and start making a dent.

Stop Watching the News

I spent a good amount of time at Blogworld talking to a journalist. The media is completely manufactured and manipulated to scare the shit out of you. If something isn’t adding to the quality of your life, stop watching it, reading it or listening to it. That includes my blog as well. As I’ve always said, you’re free to ditch class anytime. One final thought. You can either watch news or make news. Go with the second.

Play the game as if you’ve got nothing to lose

When you sit back and think about it, you’ve got nothing to lose. Grow some balls and realize you’re going to die eventually. So you might as well die knowing that you tried to make a dent in the universe.

When you’re standing on the edge of success, the voices of doubt and disbelief will be screaming at the top of their lungs

Ignore them. Sometimes those voices will come in the form of your peers, parents and society. Change scares people even when it’s positive for you because of the possibility that you’ll leave them in the dust after you reach the point of no return.

Trust Your Instincts

I’ve been wondering for weeks what exactly it means to trust your instincts or how to do it. But this amazing Stanford commencement speech with Oprah Winfrey summed it up perfectly. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.

Leave People Better Than When You Found Them

I admire my sister’s choice to become a doctor because she’s doing it for all the right reasons. For her it’s always been about leaving people better than when she found them. I’ve kept blogging for the last several years in hopes that I’ve done exactly the same for my readers.

Let go of the need for external approval

Unfortunately we’re conditioned at a very early age to seek external validation. It comes in the form of grades, smart kids and stupid kids, and parental approval.  External validation feels good. Disapproval feels bad. But to make a dent in the universe, you have to let it all go

Let go of the need for visible progress

When you plant a seed, you water it and wait to see it come to fruition. If you pulled up the plant to check on the growth, you would to have start all over again. To do anything of great significance you have to focus on what you can do today and let go of the need for visible progress.

Don’t give up when it gets hard

Inevitably things are going to get difficult. Remember that anything worth doing requires the courage to fail. If you’re on the verge of a  breakdown, you’re probably right around the corner from a breakthrough.

Don’t Stop Dreaming

It’s crazy wild eyed dreams that move us forward. Everything you see in the world around you was once upon a time nothing but a dream. Don’t ever stop dreaming. It’s a beautiful thing.

Don’t be afraid to be wrong

There are no grades in the school of life. The fear of being wrong holds so many people back. The more you’re willing to be wrong, the more often you’ll eventually be right.

If you make enough small dents in a big dream, eventually you’ll make a dent in the universe. Class dismissed. 

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