Today’s message is be who you were born to be.
It’s not about the shoes. It’s about knowing where you’re going.
Not forgetting where you started.
It’s about having the courage to fail.
Not breaking when you are broken.
Taking everything you’ve been given and making something better.
It’s about work before glory. And what’s inside of you.
It’s doing what they say you can’t. It’s not about the shoes, it’s about what you do in them.
It’s about being who you were born to be.
My thought about Be Who You Were Born To Be.
Michael Jordan did what he was born to do. He found what he was born to do and the unique thing about it was he found it and then he actually took action on it and he worked hard at it.
It wasn’t just, “I’m naturally gifted at this, “and so I can coast and achieve some kind of results.”
He took the work to find the thing that he was great at and he put in the effort consistently to become an icon at his chosen profession.
And it’s great and we look up to him and I use Michael Jordan as an example in a lot of my videos and he is perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time.
But you are no less an icon, you are no less great at something. I believe that we all have Michael Jordan level talent at something and that’s what you need to find.
And you either haven’t found it yet because you haven’t done enough exploring to find the thing that you’re great at, or you haven’t put in the effort to get really, really good at it.
You have this thing that you have potential to be the Michael Jordan of in your field and you’re kind of coasting on it, you’re not putting in the work, you’re not practicing your job shot and your free throws and getting to the gym, whatever that equivalent is in your industry.
“If you don’t know what you are great at, you don’t know what you have that genius level talent at then you need to go and start to explore, try stuff” – Evan Carmichael
I like to say that Michael Jordan is not the greatest basketball player of all time as an example. And they say the greatest basketball player of all time was a manager at Starbucks.
Because that person, that guy at Starbucks who’s a manager now, should have played basketball but he either never picked up a ball, he never explored enough to find out what he was great at, or he never practiced.
And I think if you don’t know what you have Michael Jordan level talent at, then you need to explore. So often we discount things that could immensely serve us without even trying.
Because it goes against our culture, it goes against how we, you know what was on our radar at the start.
Like I never thought I was going to be an entrepreneur. I just didn’t have entrepreneurs in my family, we didn’t talk about entrepreneurship growing up. It wasn’t something that was ever on my radar. And so I never thought I was going to be an entrepreneur.
And I had the good fortune to connect with two entrepreneurs at the university and join their business and be an owner in that and learn about entrepreneurship.
“You have Michael Jordan level talent at something. And I want you to find it.” – Evan Carmichael
Even though I had all these entrepreneur tendencies growing up. And I would be probably working at some bank and hating my job if I didn’t go down that entrepreneurial path.
I would be the manager at Starbucks instead of being the entrepreneur that I want to be. And so if you don’t know what you are great at, you don’t know what you have that genius level talent at then you need to go and start to explore, try stuff! Say yes, when somebody invites you to something, say yes and go do it! Instead of coming up with all the reasons why it’s never going to work out, all the reasons why that it’s not a good fit for you, just say yes and try it.
How many times have you discounted something in your head, ’cause you’ve run through the analysis without ever actually taking action and saying yes to something.
So if you’re insanely happy, life is amazing, you have the career you want and the life you want the friends you want and the family you want, everything is amazing great, you don’t have to do any of this.
Keep doing what you’re doing, ’cause life is amazing. But if you’re not happy, if you haven’t found the thing that you love yet, if your relationship isn’t perfect and your business isn’t perfect then you are daily unhappy, don’t sit there and complain, and don’t sit there and just dismiss ideas that can help you grow, because it might be scary or new and foreign or different to you. Just say yes and try it.
Don’t be that manager at Starbucks who never picked up the basketball and could have been the greatest basketball player of all time. Be Michael Jordan. Explore. Say yes. Try it.
See if it makes you come alive. If it does do it again, if not stop it and go do something else. You have Michael Jordan level talent at something. And I want you to find it.
So the question of the day today is, do you know what you have Michael Jordan level talent at? And if you do, what is it? Leave it down in the comments below. I’m really curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Riccardo Garegnani, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, it really, really means a lot to me man and I hope you’re enjoying the read.
I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, much love and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Espresso.
Be Who You Were Born To Be
Nothing fails like success. You’re successful, maybe it’s in your health, maybe it’s in your finances, maybe it’s in your career, maybe it’s in your family life. Maybe it’s in the way that you show up in the world. Awesome! You’re in a really vulnerable place right now.
It is one thing to be successful, it is another thing to sustain success over the coming decades. Is that not a powerful idea? I mean, let’s go to the entertainment industry. It’s very hard to be a one hit wonder, let’s not knock a one hit wonder. But it’s even harder to become an iconic rock band or hip hop band.
Let’s go to the arts. It is very hard to come up with your Sistine Chapel, got it. It is even harder to become a Michael Angelo. So are you playing the short game? Or are you playing the long game? This is rule number two, you know or lesson number two that life has taught me.
Play the long game. Aim for legendary. Don’t just say I want to be world class in my dominant pursuit for a little window of time. I want to have the guts and the grit and the acumen and the mindset and the capability and the commitment to create enduring success.
And that’s why I say nothing fails like success. You look at the restaurant that is hot in your neighborhood right now. They’re on the path to obsolescence if they’re not really careful. Sure, they went from a little neighborhood shop that made beautiful pasta, that had great service, that had the owner on the floor shaking your hand, getting to know your name.
Then they got written up in the magazines and then they got interviewed and then word of mouth spread like wildfire and what happened? They became arrogant. You see success can be so toxic. And it happens, it is such a pull on every human being. It just plays with your mind. And you literally shift from humility to arrogance.
You shift from humility to arrogance and once the arrogance sets in in a mindset it starts to populate every other person on the team, every other person in the culture, every other person in the community. And it is a very short fall from success to irrelevance.
So lesson number two is nothing fails like success as you become more successful, become more humble. As you become more successful, work even harder. As you become more successful, care even more about your product. As you become more successful, learn even more.
I invite you when you are the titan of your industry be sitting in the room with 18 year olds beginning their game. When you are the, the icon of your field, be the person who is up, not at five o’clock anymore, let’s play at four o’clock, reading, listening to the podcast, writing in your journal, setting your goals, focusing on your intentions.
As you become more successful, be more humble. As you become more successful, be even more punctual. As you become more successful, become even more passionate. As you become older, become even younger. Yesterday I was walking on the street and I met this man in his 80s. He said, “Robin I finally retired.” He’s probably close to 90.
And he is a legendary clothier in the country that I live in. And he just retired. And he started his shop, which is now an empire, in 1954. So I don’t know what that is, but that is decades and decades and decades and decades and he did not want to retire. He just retired, but he is still on fire to do amazing things. Age is just a number, do not let an old person into your body, nothing fails like success.
George R.R. Martin
I started actually writing a science fiction novel that had been an idea I’d been playing with a long time, a book called Avalon. And I was working on Avalon and it was coming pretty well. And suddenly the first chapter of Game of Thrones came to me.
I know it wasn’t a part of the science fiction novel I was writing, this was clearly a fantasy, medieval. Had these, wolves and this large family. I’d been reading a lot of historical fiction and it might have been in the back of my mind. But suddenly it all gelled and I wrote and I wrote that chapter in like two or three days. It just came to pour out of me.
When I did return to books. I said to myself, “Okay, “I’ve had many things option they never make them.” I’ve done pilots and TV shows, tried to keep them within budget and produceable and they never make that. I’m tired of playing that game.
You know I have a big imagination, I have an epic story I want to tell. I’m going to make it as big as my imagination, I’m going to have all the castles and battles I want, I’m going to have hundreds of characters, ’cause the real world is complex and I want my fictional world to be complex, too, not as a kind of simplified thing.
I want to have giant battles, I want to have incredible castles that each one is distinct from the other that people will remember for all time. I want to have dragons and dire wolves and mammoths and a wall of ice that’s 700 feet tall. I want something huge and epic that can stand up there with Tolkien.
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