Don’t listen to those who say, “It’s not done that way.” Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will. Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections…” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respect.
“ Meade reminds us that while any job may look good if we don’t have one, it’s not enough to satisfy the soul. What we really want is to find our unique calling, in an atmosphere that now seems especially toxic to such a search.
This post is another in Meade’s ongoing series on the theme of our inner genius and how we might learn to listen and see what it wants. He doesn’t offer simple or short term answers, but he does remind us of how much the quality of our lives depend on the quest: