I believe that we are all surrounded by two kinds of people. The first who see the world only through their own eyes and limit others around them to see and do what they think is possible and what they think is not possible. The second are those who see the world through their own eyes but also through the eyes of others around them. They explore new possibilities and opportunities for growth and action.
Let me put this in perspective. Why I am talking about this is because everyday I come across bright, young and ambitious people with brilliant ideas to make a difference and make our world a better place. However for many of them, the biggest reason they don’t follow their heart, do what they love and get into action is that they don’t feel accepted in their family and social circle. Yes, they as individuals don’t feel accepted, not just their crazy ideas. Unfortunately for many people they perceive that this lack of acceptance is for their ‘unrealistic’ ideas, only to eventually realize that people around them were just struggling to accept them as an individual; their own unique identity.
I got reminded of this reality around me once again when I decided to watch ‘Joy’. It is a story of a struggling mother and bread earner of an American family (Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for Oscar for best actor) who despite being a naturally creative person finds it difficult to make ends meet. This is not new for many creative people but in her case she was also good in accounting. By the end of the movie, she ends up being the inventor of more than 100 creations along with securing their patents.
Interestingly, the movie is based on the life of a real entrepreneur, Joy Mangano, who is the creator of the ‘Miracle Mop’. Joy invented a detachable, self-wringing mop and overcame significant obstacles to develop a wildly successful enterprise, first with QVC and later with the Home Shopping Network.
I read this quote as a teenager and it changed my life for the better.
Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. — Will Smith
The story of Joy is similar to the stories of many entrepreneurs who feel they are not accepted as individuals by their inner social circle. This extends to the rejection of their ideas and how they would like to make things better.
Like a wise man once said — First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
If you relate to this story and are struggling to find acceptance for yourself and your ideas, then I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in the comments or simply drop a mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder & Chief Happiness Officer