by Samuel Osho | Jul 11, 2019 | Beta Life
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
It’s a competitive world, but I am resolute about my stance not to compete with anyone. Some few years ago, I shelved the idea of joining the queue to enroll in the endless rat race.
On this other side, I see peace smiling at me and serenity lodges in my abode all day. In this rare cubicle of uniqueness, I celebrate the victory of others without a tinge of anxiety or jealousy. This is the best way to live your life and get the best out of your days.
So, am I sitting on my oars or complacent? Oh! No, I push myself so hard, and my standards are super high, but this is the difference – I compete with myself.
Whatever I am doing to get better, I am doing solely for myself and not for anyone to see. A version of me today has to be much better than the version of me you met six months ago.
That is the goal!
A drive for success and greatness that is based on comparisons is not only myopic; it tends to be short-lived.
It’s obvious that we love metrics but it’s an insult to the investment in you to compare yourself with another person.
When you live your life aimed at becoming the best version of yourself, there will be no need for unhealthy competition that hurts others so you can win.
I hope you find the peace and joy that comes with competing with yourself and becoming the best version of yourself.
by Samuel Osho | Jun 13, 2019 | Beta Life
A few years ago, “a passionate writer” dropped this question on Twitter for J.K. Rowling:
“What if the passionate writer is broke and can’t afford a MacBook Air?”
And here comes Rowling’s iconic response:
“I wrote first two Potters (Harry Potter Book) by hand and typed them on a 10-year-old typewriter. All a writer needs is talent and ink.”
You must have heard countless chatters about a passion for A and J but there are no results to back up the evidence of their passion.
Does this sound familiar?
“Oh! All I need to be a superb photographer is a new DSLR camera.”
The camera shows up, and nothing happens.
“All I need is a standard microphone and I will start my podcast.”
You got the microphone as a birthday gift, but you are yet to record a sample podcast show with it.
Passion expresses itself through drives and desires. It’s a fire; you can’t hide it; it burns and consumes everything in its path. As the tender flame glows and grows, everyone can see if it’s a blue or a red flame.
If you are looking for excuses not to get the work done, you will find one. We often use a lack of specific tools as embroidery for our excuses.
It’s time to stop looking for a MacBook Air before you get that book done, if you think about it enough, you will find hundreds of alternatives to get the job done.
It’s great if you have the tools but it has often been observed that what stops us from becoming productive is necessary not lack of tools but an absence of passion and drive.
Let your passion take the wheels and drive you to the finish line. And if passion can’t get the job done, you should add lots of discipline.
by Samuel Osho | Jun 3, 2019 | Beta Life
What makes me happy?
What am I good at?
What things do I value in life?
If you have perfect answers to these questions, then this is not for you.
In this pool of information overload, how do you prepare yourself for the vicissitudes of life?
You read twelve books a day?
Listen to twenty podcasts a week?
Increase your “net worth” by adding famous people to your network?
Take twenty online courses a month?
No, find yourself first. Yes, just like Socrates said, “Know thyself.”
You are such a big and beautiful encyclopedia that needs to be digested and understood. If you fail to uncap the diverse complexities that make you a unique being, everything else you do might be of no significant impact.
The age-long questions of self-discovery stare at us all the time. But, we can use Rudyard Kipling’s six honest serving men – What, Why, When, How, Where and Who, to untangle knots of enigmas.
With these men and their shovels, you can dig deeper into the core of your being; you can uncover hidden treasures, and chart pathways into new lands.
Books are superb, podcasts are of great benefit, networking is noteworthy, and online courses are superchargers, but if you don’t know who you are, you are a ball in a spinning wheel. You will go everywhere the wheel directs you and ends up a dead ball when the wheel stops.
Start with these three free resources: