I know I often write about following your dream and thinking positively. And I will continue to write about that from time. So this post might seem to be a contradict all that. However, I’ve been ruminating about this for a while now and then I watched an episode of ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘ and I knew I had to write this.
In this particular episode of the show, one of the contestants who clearly had two left feet, was naturally rejected. As he left, he said, “I’ll be back next year and beat the pants off everyone!” And I thought to myself, “The guy has no rhythm, no sense of timing and yet he’s aspiring to take part in and win a dance competition. Is that called being positive or is it plain stupidity?”
I thought of the many people I’ve been encountering in the recent past who clearly are not cut out for a particular job or skill and yet want to invest themselves in following that. There was this person who doesn’t have the faintest idea of running a particular business, but wants to give up his current job (which he is ideally suited for), invest money and employ a lot of other people too. As I probed I realized that he was heading for disaster if he followed his decision. And when I said that to him, I was seen as being negative.
Another acquaintance when asked what her son planned to do when he left school said: “He could be a very good doctor or an engineer. And he would even make a good lawyer.” As it happens the boy is a very talented musician, but with the ‘guidance’ of his parents has taken up medicine…..One dissatisfied medical professional coming up!!
I came across a great story that goes with my thoughts.
A determined little turtle once climbed a tree. He somehow made it to the first branch. Then he jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground.
After a while he slowly climbed the tree again. And again he jumped. This time he flapped all four of his limbs, but still plummeted to the hard ground.
The persistent turtle tried again and again with the same results.
A couple of birds perched on a branch nearby watched his futile efforts. One of them turned to her mate and said, “Dear, don’t you think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted?”
There are simply some things we cannot do. Turtles can’t fly.
We can dream of being many things – but do we have the basic inclination, skills, talent to make our dreams come true?
You will make a lousy anybody else, but you are the best “you” in existence ~ Zig Ziglar
We should be encouraging young people (and grown ups too!) to find out who and what they are meant to be. We should be encouraging them to look deep within and find their own unique calling.
Are you being ‘you’ or attempting to ‘fly’ like our friend the turtle?
May you be inspired – everyday!