My name is Lily Ma and my one word is extraordinary. I believe that every human being is capable of doing extraordinary things. So to help you on your journey today’s message is follow your heart.
Follow Your Heart
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.
You’re not the first to go through it and you’re not going to be the last to go through it and oftentimes it happens.
You just, you feel like you’re alone and you feel like it’s only you and you’re in your bubble and I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside, “Hey, it’s going to be okay. “It’s going to be okay.”
So I wish I knew that. We just got to remember, hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith and on the other side of your pain is something good.
After about a month and a half of staying in that little apartment and cleaning, I got a phone call from the head coach of the team who cut me.
The head coach of the Calgary Stampeders. He called me and he said, “Hey, I know we cut you “but I’d like you to come back.” I said, “Okay, I appreciate that, coach. “Thank you very much. “I’ll think about it.” He said, “Okay, great.” I hung up the phone and my dad said, “You going to do it, right?” I said, “No, I don’t think so. “I think I’m done with that.” And he goes, “What?” I said, “My gut tells me I’m done.” He said, “What are you going to do?” I took a deep breath, I said I’d like to get into the business.
And he said, “What business?” And I said, “The wrestling business.” He says, “You are throwing it all away. “It is the worst mistake you’ll ever make.” He said, “You’re ruining your career.” “So maybe I’ll be no good “but I feel like in my heart I have to do this “and I either need you “to train me “or need you “to not train me.”
My dad rose to the occasion. He said, “I’ll train.” And it wound up being one of the greatest chapters in my life.
A lot of people don’t follow their heart. Instead what they do is, they look at a list of things that could go wrong and all the people who would be disappointed at them if it does go wrong.
And they end up talking themselves completely out of this opportunity that they have in front of them.
I precisely remember the moment that Evan offered me to work and mentor under him full-time and he was just saying a lot of details and all I could focus on was my heart.
My heart was saying, “Yes, “I’m going to take on this opportunity.”
But I still had to keep my composure because I wanted him to go through the details with me.
And honestly, that was the first time in years I actually followed my intuition.
I always pride myself as someone who is very logical. Every opportunity that came my way I would make a list of all the things that’s involved.
I would make a list of all the people that’s going to be involved and all the finances that are involved and what I end up doing is doing nothing at all.
I just sit and do nothing and nothing happened with my life. And soon all of that just amount to a huge amount of regret. Every single day I’m like, “I’m going to regret not taking on this opportunity but yet I would just overthink everything through and I started to think about when on my deathbed, what would I do with all these regrets?
I didn’t want to regret not taking on opportunities anymore.
So before I even got a chance to think about the offer he gave me, my heart just said yes and I was going to take it on. And I knew it was going to work out ’cause it felt right deep inside me.
Even though a lot of people started questioning me and said, “Well, you don’t really have a business plan. “You don’t even know what the plan is. “You don’t know if it’s going to pan out.” And I just kind of sat back and I thought to myself, “No, it’s going to work out because I have faith “that we’re doing the right thing.”
And I’m so glad that I actually listened to my heart and not my brain overthinking things constantly because every morning that I’d wake up I am so fulfilled with my life and I know every day that I walk in and I work I know I’m living out dream and I’m not going to regret any of this. So I challenge you, next time you find yourself at a crossroads of an opportunity, don’t overthink anything. Just do and follow your heart.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
So the question of the day is when was the last time you followed your heart?
I would love to read your comments and I’ll join in on the discussion. So I have a special shoutout for Felipe Palleros. Felipe, thank you so much for picking up a copy of Evan’s book, Your One Word and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
So thank you guys so much for watching. I believe in you and I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is and we’ll see you tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Paul Walker – Follow Your Heart
Interviewer: Paul, when you first signed up for the first one which was back in ’99, 2000? And did you think you’d be sitting here in 2013 talking about number six?
No, not a chance. No screenplay, nothing when I signed on. It was just an idea. It was funny because I wanted to do it, working with my friends ’cause I’d already worked with these people before and they’re like, “You can’t do it.” My representatives were telling me, “You can’t do it. “There’s no script, there’s nothing” and then I got lucky. But it was just, following your heart kind of thing and it wasn’t even about down the road. It was about living in the moment. I got lucky.
Kendrick Lamar – Follow Your Heart
They never said I wasn’t talented enough. They’d say something like, “The industry is shady. “You’ll need to be doing this.”
I respected their opinions but at the end of the day I had to follow my heart and that’s what I want to do with passion.
I couldn’t shake it and I’d be hurt now if I didn’t stick with it ’cause it’ll always be on my head.
Shaquille O’Neal – Follow Your Heart
Interviewer: What is it about investment and entrepreneurship that sort of has bitten you?
I never look at it as investments, believe it or not. I just look at it as partnerships, help changing the world and just being part of something that’s inspiring.
My business people all the time, whenever they talk about money, you can ask them, I go, “Ah!” I don’t want to hear it but if they bring an idea to me that I think is going to go to the next level, most of the time if I follow my heart then everything else will fall in place.
I’ve never ever done a deal, “Ey, we got this suit company. “We throw some pinstripes in the suit. “You give me a 100,000. “We sell 20 of ’em we make.” I’ve never done a deal where it was always based on money.
I’ve always done my business deals based on how I felt it was going to go in the future, how I felt it was going to help and inspire somebody.