and for some reason, I was taught when I was young not to
undertake anything that I thought I might fail in.
Fortunately, I didn't buy into what I was being taught,
and while both of my siblings ended up with lives that
included alcohol, drugs, and prison time, I ended up going
to college and eventually earning a doctorate that allows
me to do the thing I love the most: teaching. And
while becoming a teacher seems super easy for most, in my
situation it was the culmination of a lot of effort and a
lot of risk-taking.
some, that boldness would help them to meet more people
and make more friends. For others, it could put them
on the road to a new career or significant promotions in
the career they're in. What Johann is talking about
comes down to a rather simply-stated shift in
perspective: learning to see possibility and
potential in all that you see, rather than constantly
seeing limitation and impossibility.
my experience, doors stayed closed as long as I stood
there and looked at them and said to myself, "I wish
I could go in there." I'm constantly amazed to
find out, though, that almost all of those doors are
unlocked and unguarded, simply waiting for me to say,
"I'm going to go try that door, because that's where
I want to be and that's what I want to be doing."
course, sometimes I have to prepare myself before I
approach the door by getting some important experience or
education. I can't simply be arrogant and think that
I should be bold without any sort of preparation--I can't
become a lawyer without some training and education
first. But it really is all up to me--and until I
begin something, I can't expect it ever to happen, can
I? Starting something, even if it's somewhat scary,
is always the best thing that I can do if I want my life
to be a beautiful experience, and if I want to open my
life to magic, genius, and power.