Selfish – it is defined in the Dictionary as = devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc.. Caring for oneself – is that bad? Primarily concerned with one’s own interests and benefits – ok. See this world we live in looks down on what “they” consider a selfish act or a selfish person, yet I disagree, I say BE SELFISH.
If you have ever taken a plane ride then, well if you were listening, you hear the flight attendants instruct us all to please place our own oxygen mask on First before we begin to assist someone else with their mask. Interesting I believe because see I believe it we are not Selfish in our daily actions then we cease to exist and ceasing to exist with us will be our dreams, aspirations, goals and beliefs. If these cease to exist then we are truly non-selfish yet we are nothing but a shell of existence.
Being selfish makes you Thrive – you realize your dreams, you live Your own life and in return you are in a much better place to help others when that time arises. I believe we, as a society, have put a black eye on what being selfish really is – we all want to help one another and that is a great place to be, however, in helping others you fail to help yourself then that does no one any good.
I have had the opportunity to witness both – the person who is completely selfish and the person who is all about others. In my experience I have learned that the happier person is the selfish person – this person wakes up each day pursuing his/her own happiness by taking each step in life in their own direction their own path. Are they assholes- No – do they care about No one but themselves – No – they just understand that until they are were they want to be in life – they cannot help others in the best way possible. So pursue your passion, make life your own and by all means Be Selfish – the other option isn’t really favorable – remember the flight attendants – what good does it do you to help 3 people and yet never live to enjoy what you have done – save yourself first – put your mask on first and then go to work helping others. Better than yesterday not as good as tomorrow – strive daily to be better. Enjoy life and don’t just survive – learn how toTHRIVE.
It sounds scary, we know, but consider what would happen if instead of watching reruns of bad movies at night, you went to bed at a reasonable hour, thus allowing yourself to wake up early and be SUPER productive?
Waking up before anybody else allows you to work out the logistics of the day to come, track your time, and (most importantly) unplug for a few hours.
What I was depriving myself from was time in the day where there was no pressure and no expectations. For the same reasons that I felt most creative on Saturday mornings and on planes, 4 a.m. has become a place of productive peace. That feeling is why I love what I do. I don’t need a vacation. I don’t need to step away. I just need a couple hours a day before anyone else is up.
After all, the early bird catches the worm–and much more, apparently.
I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
Dyson’s point: If you want to discover something new, you’re bound to fail a few times (or in his case, 5,126 times), and that’s okay. It’s also okay to quit something your heart isn’t into, in order to get somewhere better.
ASK QUESTIONS, A LOT OF THEM
It turns out Albert Einstein would have made a great entrepreneur:
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
Truth be told, I think the difference between passion and delusion isn’t even very distinguishable. I suspect many an entrepreneur has fallen too far down the rabbit hole without even realizing it. It happened to me. Maxed-out credit cards, empty cupboards, and a frustrated spouse helped me wake up to the delusion I created in myself. I was laser-focused on the belief I had to succeed no matter what, which led me to lose sight of reality. My story fortunately has a happy ending. But if I hadn’t faced that reality head-on (and it did indeed feel like a crash), I wouldn’t have been able to honestly evaluate my business and redirect toward a healthier course.
You don’t have to completely unplug, but the effects of removing yourself for a few days, hours, or even weeks, can do wonders for your sanity and enable you to refocus your aspirations.
Full speech & presentation of Stuart Scott receiving the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
In this feature, he shares his emotional battle with cancer and follows Jimmy V’s motto to never give up.
Stuart was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in 2007 and then it came back two years later. Currently, he is still undergoing treatment. He was hospitalized in the last 10 days. 7 day stay in the hospital due to liver complications and kidney failure and 4 surgeries in 7 days. Until a few day’s ago his future was uncertain…
During Stuart’s speech, he talked about living life to the fullest while you’re alive. He also said that it’s about leaning on others for help and not just fighting the battle alone. Stuart even brought his youngest daughter on stage to give her a hug, it was incredibly moving.
What a truly and powerful speech delivered at the 2014 Espy’s. Show’s us all what is possible even in the face of death!