Friday FreeAgent Inspirational Round-Up
September 13th, 2013 by Agent Kevin Miller
Before Labor Day I posted a handful of great free agent inspirations…via a couple videos and a cartoon. Everyone seems to really appreciate the resources. This week I find myself with again…some worthy videos, blogs and even another cartoon.
So below are five more free agent worthy call-outs. The first three are interesting, the last two videos are…incredible. Profound. Beautiful.
A note on college – A few of the resources below really diss college. Formal education is not my war necessarily, but going forward blindly in the machine of our culture IS…my war. In today’s world people continue to follow the lemmings from school to job without knowing themselves, their hearts and considering their unique purpose and offering to the world (for more on this…listen to #5 below). Hey, if the bill fits, I may have a kid or two go to college. “If” is the key though. My goal is to question direction before just going with the flow and expectation.
#1 Funny & Worthy
This is reminiscent of the Mexican Fisherman story…
#2 Kids, go to college or you’ll die alone in misery
This guy, Matt Walsh, is an incredible writer and captures a lot of attention with his blogs on many subjects. This is a rant…a soapbox. If it pisses you off, free agency may not be up your alley…
#3 The Silicon Valley tycoon who’s paying young people to skip college
Just a real story…pretty interesting
#4. Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts Class of 2012
This is…amazing. When I saw the length of the video I was ready to nix it…but continued on and wanted to write down nearly every statement he said. Amazing, amazing message delivered so authentically.
#5 Les Brown “It’s not over until I win!”
I saved the best for last, and had to give a little commentary. Why? Because a speech of this magnitude and passion on one hand lifts our soul, and on the other can be depressing in it’s huge scope and breadth and charge. So I’ve attempted to keep anyone from discounting it as so many do…which is tragic.
Preface of a ‘Dream’
The focus of this motivational speech, like many, is a ‘Dream’. A word with much baggage around it. Please wrap your head around the word in the context Martin Luther King used in his famous speech. The ‘Dream’ was…
- A Vision – of something that needs to happen. Must happen.
- A Conviction – that is worthy.
- A Responsibility – that if denied will be result in a loss and void in your life and the lives of others.
Measurement of your Dream
From Wikipedia – Les Brown was born with his twin brother Wesley on February 17, 1945 in a low-income section of Miami, Florida in an abandoned building. He was subsequently given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a then 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. He was declared “educably mentally retarded” while in grade school. Despite the obvious self-esteem issues this created, with the encouragement of his mother and assistance by a helpful teacher in high school, he learned how to reach his full potential, a key point in many motivational speeches he gives now.
- What if your dream seems trivial in comparison? Let’s say your dream is to…open a coffee shop. Maybe you’re destined to open a coffee shop to provide sanctuary to the Les Brown’s of the world. How many dreams have been spawned in humble coffee shops?
- What if your dream is merely to have a whole heart? Or give your kids something you never had? Or simply, but grandly…have a purpose in this world?
The point is to ask WHY in regards to your dream. Why do you want it? If it can in any way serve another person, delve into that. Honor it. Don’t discount it.
Ultimately in listening to this great speech, you’ll fall into one of these categories:
A. You don’t have a dream
Maybe you’ve never had a dream…and this speech is inspiring but there’s nothing in you for it to take root with. The question is then…SHOULD you have a dream, or are ‘dreams’ just for certain other people and you’re just supposed to be an anonymous cog?
Your quest…to pursue your heart and the ‘dreams’ that have been stifled or never allowed to sprout.
B. You have a dream but don’t believe in it
You’re stuck in the “Who am I to do anything outside of the norm?” You may have little in your life to give you confidence and faith in yourself (catch my interview with Steve Rosen). Or you don’t see a valid opportunity for your dream in reality.
Your quest…figuring out how to have faith in yourself. And/or faith in God through you.
C. You have a dream, you’re pursuing it, but feel stalled
You’re active in your dream, but life is full and you feel maxed out or are frustrated with lack of progress.
Your quest…something’s gotta give. An investment is needed, help is needed. You can only get so far on your own. It might be time for a big sacrifice to give you time and/or money margin to invest in the dream. [I'm at this point right now in my own biz and life]
D. You have a dream, you’re in it and wailing away on it
Rock on, let this speech fuel you further!
Listen to this speech every day for a week. I dare you.
If you’d be willing, share which of these fits you and how you feel about it…you’ll help someone else by being real.