People love to feel persecuted, like the world is out to get them. There’s a vast conspiracy stacking the deck against you – your failures are due to opposition from shadowy forces bent on your destruction!
The reality is much more freeing – no one cares about you. People writ large are barely aware of your existence. This is absolutely marvelous.
Think about the freedom you have when you realize that almost no one cares if you succeed or fail. No one is out to get you, no one is watching you, and most people won’t remember you. You can do anything! You’re free to fail a thousand times and no one will bat an eyelash, and when you finally find your tremendous success, only then will some people care. And for the most part, the only people who will care will be those directly affected by your triumph – you’re inner circle of loved ones and the customers of your successful enterprise. No one else gets a say, and you don’t owe them anything.
One of my absolute favorite pieces of prose is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it goes like this:
“I am the owner of the sphere,
Of the seven stars and the solar year,
of Caesar’s hand, and Plato’s brain,
Of Lord Christ’s heart, and Shakespeare’s strain.”
What exists in all the universe, exists in you. What is able to be accomplished by any human is within your grasp. You are made of the same amazing raw material as anyone – they had nothing you don’t have.
Look at this wondrous world! You have amazing abilities and no opposition. You’re Superman without Kyptonite, without Lex Luthor. You can do anything!
One more quote, another of my favorites. Put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss