We all need to remember that we all come from different walks of life. Each of us shaped by different circumstances interwoven together to make up the very fabric that defines who we are.
There are people who sacrifice it all to get to the top of their niche. Some are fulfilled, others question if it was worth it, and others still look for the next thing to conquer.
There are gifted people capable of doing remarkable things, but decide instead to raise families, have jobs they don’t mind so they can be off in time to see their daughter’s recital, and coach their son’s baseball team. This too, is remarkable.
There are people completely content wandering through life. Others not wandering at all, but spending everyday being a cog in the corporate wheel.
There are those that get so completely overwhelmed by their passion they randomly break out in tears, and others who yell, slam a fist into a desk and violently vomit bitter diatribes.
Some great leaders are unsuccessful sometimes. Some awful leaders get lucky sometimes.
Some people will never get the chip off their shoulder. Others don’t have the courage it takes to truly believe in something when nobody else does.
Some people get lucky enough to love their jobs, be tremendous family men, and change countless lives for the better.
There are others that aren’t sure what they want now, and plenty that will never know.
My Dad told me the other day, “Ryan, I’m 56 years old and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”
That’s comforting. It’s also scary.
Some days I want to be a millionaire by the time I’m 35. Sometimes I want to do enough to support a family, and spend as much time as I can with my family and friends. Occasionally I want to find a small liberal arts school and teach online marketing, personal branding, etc. and coach their baseball team to 5 national titles.
The next time you encounter someone online (or anywhere) that rubs you wrong, try to remember that chances are it was a massive variety of experiences, encounters, etc. that shaped who they’ve become.
You don’t have to like them, but you don’t have to blatantly attack them either. Find the people that inspire you, empower you, share your passions, and then do your best to surround yourself with these people.
You will be happier, and they might help shape who you become.
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