“While your work speaks about you, does it really speak for you? Does it represent you well? The key to making your work resonate is to uncover, develop, and then bravely use your authentic voice.” -- Louder Than Words
Back in April I received an e-mail from Marie Forleo and team asking if I would come to NYC to chat about Louder Than Words on an episode of MarieTV. I thought for - oh - about one second before saying "yes".
Make sure that you define what success really means to you. If you don't, you may find yourself standing on the podium some day, and realize it is simultaneously your moment of greatest success and defeat. How you define greatness ultimately defines you.
Don't spend your life chasing a vapor. Don't waste it bouncing from one comfortable place to another, hoping things work out in your favor. Commit to doing the difficult work of excavating, then utilizing your authentic voice. The journey is challenging and the hurdles are very real, but in the end you will point with pride to a body of work that represents you well. It begins now, in this moment.
People grow numb. We acclimate. We settle to the middle. We fall in love with comfort, and in so doing, we forget that this moment is a building block with which we construct everything that’s yet to come. We make choices in the short-run that we regret in the long-run.