Timidity is the mind-set that says you’re too weak, too small, and too unimportant to be deserving of real power. Who are you to live a meaningful life? You’re just one insignificant person among billions. This belief becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In reality, you’re so powerful that you’re actually turning your own strength against your-self, temporarily rendering yourself weak. You’re like a god who declares, “Let me be powerless.” And that’s exactly what happens. Timidity causes you to settle for puny, empty goals that don’t in-spire you—assuming you even set goals at all. You perform meaningless work that doesn’t matter to you, live in a place you don’t care for, and settle for disempowering relationships with other weak-minded people who regard you as another warm body for their pity parties. Mean-while, your true self is practically screaming at you, but you drown its voice with idle entertainment, junk food, and other distractions.
You weren’t meant to live hiding under a rock. That isn’t you. You’re selling yourself short, grossly underestimating your true capabilities. This is your reality, and you’re responsible for it. Stop trying to live in denial of that fact, and face up to it. You didn’t come here to spend your life obsessing over trivialities. Wake up and take a good look at yourself and admit, “This is garbage. I can do better than this!” Start listening to that powerful being inside you for once. It won’t steer you wrong.
Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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