This little gem floated across the internets early on Monday and I was totally blown away by it. I hope you like it too.
“The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.”
|-Neil DeGrasse Tyson|
It all comes down to choice. We get to choose what we love, what is truly meaningful and what motivates us. The ability to do that is learned, and it takes a great deal of confidence to succeed at it. I believe without confidence, quotes like this just tap into people’s own sense of failure and fear. What does this quote say to you? Answer that question and there is a clue for what you may want to do next.
What makes it such a powerful statement is not only what he says, but consider if you flipped everything around:
What if you expected love from somewhere other than your own heart (and actions)? What if meaning had to come from someplace or somewhere other than your own awareness? And what if you expected motivation to arrive from your environment, like in Amazon Prime 2 day shipping packages?
Suddenly the conversation is not about choice at all. Whether you know it or not, those other descriptions are the opposite of choice. What they are describing (and it is far too common unfortunately) are shackles.