Friday, March 1, 2013

Liars

I haven't read much from The Robert D. just yet, but I liked this. In fact, the only part of the American Idol season I even watch anymore is the beginning when tone-deaf people walk in (and out) with all the overconfidence in the world.

Woo!


Question:

How do 100,000 people who can’t carry a tune in a bucket show up to audition for American Idol?

Answer:

Somebody lied to them. At some point in their lives, somebody told them that theycould sing.
Somebody wanted to make them feel good. Somebody didn’t want to rock the boat. Somebody might have even thought they were helping.
Somebody justified it, thinking it would build self-esteem.
We all have had that somebody in our lives. And most of us have listened to him.
But success is built on a foundation of wisdom and truth. And if we’re going to find it, we have to get good at catching our own delusions.

Another Question:

How do you spot the person around you who has been telling you lies?

Answer:

Look in the mirror.
For most of us, the greatest liar in our lives is ourselves.
Lazy people say it’s just not their personality type to be ambitious. Fat people say they have no time to work out.
Both are avoiding the hard truth in exchange for superficial self-esteem…and that’s a dangerous exchange.
The truth is that just 15 minutes of exercise a day will help you have more energy and be more productive. The truth is that hard work comes before the feeling of ambition. The question is, in a court of law, is there enough proof that you are working at your craft?
The danger of our lies is that they start to shape our perceived reality.
Like those poor fools you remember Simon Cowell crushing, we live by a story that is pathetically false. Everyone else can see through it. Or, in this case, “hear” through it.
The truth is that you can become nearly anything you devote yourself to. But it takes more work than you would expect and the courage to face the music. Sometimes literally.
Be mindful of the stories you tell yourself. Are you in touch with truth, or are you making excuses?
Three questions you must ask yourself:
  1. What talent or passion do you profess to have?
  2. In a court of law, could you produce evidence of hard work that has gone into that talent or passion?
  3. Have you ever shown that talent or passion to anyone? How did they react?
Slowly work your way up…starting right now!

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