I’m taking the time to write this to you today, years before there’s a chance that you’ll ever read it.
One of my reasons for doing this is simply because I want to affirm some things that I see you doing and some of the ways you are being before you forget them.
But also, I want to give you an example of how life is a never ending journey that is filled with shades of gray.
So, although you’re not quite ready to hear me talk about all of the challenges in my life, hopefully what follows will help you understand that no one has it all figured out… even your dad.
And that’s OK.
Part I: Who You Are – What You Want
When I started out in life and business, I was missing some key ingredients.
I didn’t know much about being an entrepreneur (I had just quit my job and decided to go out on my own. If I teach you right and you decide my suggestion is right for you, hopefully, you’ll never have a job, so this won’t be an issue.) and I lacked confidence in myself.
But most importantly, I lacked a clear understanding of who I was and what I wanted.
I don’t blame anyone for that but myself. It was pretty much my way of surviving, I imagine. A way to avoid conflict and to ensure that I didn’t ruffle any feathers.
If you don’t shine too brightly, there’s less of a chance of sticking out and calling attention to yourself.
So that’s where I want to begin, with the whole idea of who you are and what you want.
It’s funny that this is even an issue for me at 33, because right now, at your age, you are very, very clear about WHO you are and what you want.
I’m writing to you to tell you never to forget that.
Just a word of warning…
As you grow up, people around you might react to your clarity in a variety of ways.
To some, your ability to be clear and to say exactly what you want will make them uncomfortable. It might make some angry.
Please don’t listen to them. Their lives are the way they are, in part, because they aren’t able to clearly articulate what they want.
This lack of ability creates a lot of suffering in the world.
I will do my best to steer you around it now that I understand how it works.
Two of the keys to living a full life are to understand who you are and to be clear about what you want.
Everything else flows from that.
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