Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Build something that nobody can take away from you

The reward of the journey is not arriving at the destination, it’s transforming yourself to such a state of joy and worthiness and fulfillment, that you don’t feel any different when you get there. 

Because you’ve already done the work. You’ve already supported yourself in becoming the person you most needed to be. The destination was just a bonus. The cherry on top. 

Job seekers, for example, assume that once they finally land their new gig, intense feelings of relief and lightness and satisfaction will surge through their system as they start the first day of the rest of their lives. 

Cue the lights. Start the dramatic music. Zoom in on the character’s face. And let the audience know that this new job symbolizes our hero’s highest moment of achievement. 

This is it. This is the one. This what he’s been waiting for. This new job is going to change everything forever. Freeeeedommmmm! 

It reads nice on a screenplay. Unfortunately, if that scene happens in real life, the character hasn’t learned a damn thing. He hasn’t grown, he’s just wearing a new suit. 

His joy is at the mercy of external forces. It comes from without, not within. 

Which means it can be taken away at any moment. And the minute it does, he’s back to where he started. 

On the other hand, if job seekers can approach the process knowing that their new position isn’t going to save them, set them free, make them whole or make them complete, they will have already won by the time they arrived. 

Because they will have built something inside of themselves that nobody can take away from them. 

The love they can never lose

And of course, they allow themselves to celebrate and pump their fists and express gratitude and share the good news with people they love. 

But the real victory is within. 


How could you make the journey so valuable that the destination doesn’t even matter?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  

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