Are you the next Colonel Sanders?

Colonel Sanders started his first restaurant at the age of 52 and now KFC is a global fast-food chain not saying to himself ‘I’m too old’.

Wangari Muta Maathai mobilised mainly women in Kenya to plant over 30 million trees and then the UN to organise the planting of 11 billion trees despite being from Africa and a woman, she didn’t use those as excuses in a totally white male dominated world.

Gutenberg invented a printing press for the mass production of books when less than 10 percent of the population could read…he didn’t wait for literacy rates in Medieval times to improve.

Karl Benz developed a car when there were no paved roads and it was illegal to drive in Germany…he could have said ‘there is no point, no one can drive’.

The list of examples of people who were not sabotaged by external factors could continue. They didn’t look for excuses, they didn’t wait for the right conditions, or blame lack of money, the weather, laws, their luck, or it being too hard.

There have been women and men throughout history who have not looked for reasons not to do something, but against the odds, they actively have looked for reasons to follow their passions and create. They were prepared for things to fail, to not work, they were willing to take the risk.

What excuses are we currently coming up with to stop us fulfilling our soul’s true desires? What risks will we take to fulfil our passions? We are on this rock once…don’t wait.

Don’t tell me

It’s easy to tell others and give them advice, our ego likes the feeling of importance, especially when we feel we know better or do something better than the other person. It gives us a feeling of superiority and that’s what the ego loves.

It is far harder to be the example and take our own advice, we then have a raft of internal excuses as why it wouldn’t work for us or there are other factors to take into account, so is is ‘just not that simple’.

The thing is, it is always better to be an example for others to follow, if they choose, than it is to tell others what they ‘should’ do. At the end of the day, while some experiences are similar, we are all on our own unique journey, we are all different, and what might work for us, isn’t necessarily what might work for another.

If someone ask directly for our advice, then we can give them our view, however, most people want support, empathy, understanding and someone to listen to them, not to be told.