Sometimes a grown adult can learn a lesson from a child. I know because it happens to me.
My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. Tonight we were at the dinner table talking about important things like kangaroos, gorillas and Rapunzel.
I noticed that she wasn’t really eating her dinner. So, I used one of my sophisticated parenting techniques.
I explained to my daughter that kangaroos were really fast. I then asked her if she knew why kangaroos were so fast. She said she didn’t know. So I told her that kangaroos were fast because they ate all of their healthy food and grew to be strong and fast.
My daughter thought about it for a moment and then said the following:
“I already run real fast. I run so fast I prolly run too fast.”
What could I say? I just said “Yeah. You do run pretty fast”. Then I walked around the corner and laughed. My daughter just dropped a line that Muhammad Ali could have said.
Eventually she ate her food and ended up jumping around the house like a kangaroo.
I am really good at this and I know it.
I walked away thinking about how awesome my daughter’s statement and attitude was. No hang-ups. A perfectly innocent and healthy confidence. She said it plainly and boldly.
It’s strange. Most adults would give somebody a hard time if they spoke with a plain, natural confidence. Just think about how reporters react when an athlete simply says “I am going to win”. People actually get their undies in a bunch when people think they will win a game.
When around adults you can think you are going to win, you just aren’t supposed to say it, I guess. It’s just silly.
How much baggage must we carry around?
How much better off would we be if we had a simple healthy confidence instead?
What if people started businesses with a simple confidence thinking they will succeed and become very wealthy?
What if people ignored all the bullshit and mental trash about obstacles, labels and limitations then just focused on what they wanted and took action to go after it?
One of my goals is to turn a couple of new ideas I have into successful internet businesses. What’s stopping me? I’ll tell you what is stopping me. Me.
I should be simply and boldly saying “I am smart. I am creative. I will build a great business and be wealthy.”
Yet, I haven’t. The mental baggage. The what-ifs. I am what-iffing the hell out of everything.
If you don’t have that simple, healthy confidence going in then you are already half beat (maybe completely beat). And what’s the use in not having that confidence? Even if you give it everything you got and fail, at least you did it with confidence.
What the point in going into something not feeling great about it?
I need to be done with all of mental trash and have the confidence I had when I was a kid.
Yeah. I am going to win.