What your mama tells you…

Posted by: Jeremy Jones

March 3, 2014

Maybe you had a mom or a parent that told you “when you grow up you’re going to be an actor, you are so funny”

or you had an uncle that you respected say, “you know, you stack those blocks really well…you should be an architect.” or “you’re born to be an architect”

consider yourself lucky.

some are not so lucky, and if that’s you….welcome to the club. Most of us have had at least one negative influence in some way, shape or form that has attempted to limit our potential.

I had an interesting conversation with an older gentleman recently, very sharp, very polite, very intelligent and obviously cares about his family a lot too.

However, he was conditioned and even told, “life is hard, it’s always going to be hard, and that just the way it is”.

I’m not writing this to tell you that life is supposed to be “easy” by any means…however, there were struggles in his life that on the surface he wanted to change…logically. However, whenever it came to even the smallest solution that might make this difficulty he was experiencing better or improving what he was currently doing.

That won’t work. What I do is hard.

You can teach a pig to dance and put lipstick on it and expect it to act elegant.

I had an incredible solution to this gentleman’s major challenge, however I could tell he wasn’t ready to hear it. Even if I did tell him, it would fall on deaf ears.

Not that what he was doing was wrong, it’s just that he was putting limits on his own thinking, therefore putting limits on his ability to creatively come up with solutions.

What is one positive or negative statement that someone told you in the past that you no longer accept as truth?

Maybe you had a mom or a parent that told you “when you grow up you’re going to be an actor, you are so funny”

or you had an uncle that you respected say, “you know, you stack those blocks really well…you should be an architect.” or “you’re born to be an architect”

Consider yourself lucky.

some are not so lucky, and if that’s you….welcome to the club. Most of us have had at least one negative influence in some way, shape or form that has attempted to limit our potential.

I had an interesting conversation with an older gentleman recently, very sharp, very polite, very intelligent and obviously cares about his family a lot too.

However, he was conditioned and even told, “life is hard, it’s always going to be hard, and that just the way it is”.

I’m not writing this to tell you that life is supposed to be “easy” by any means…however, there were struggles in his life that on the surface he wanted to change…logically. However, whenever it came to even the smallest solution that might make this difficulty he was experiencing better or improving what he was currently doing.

That won’t work. What I do is hard.

“You can teach someone how to solve a problem that isn’t looking for a solution.”

I had an incredible solution to this gentleman’s major challenge, however I could tell he wasn’t ready to hear it. Even if I did tell him, it would fall on deaf ears.

Not that what he was doing was wrong, it’s just that he was putting limits on his own thinking, therefore putting limits on his ability to creatively come up with solutions.

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What is one positive or negative statement that someone told you in the past that you no longer accept as truth?

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Jeremy C. Jones, a proud military veteran, is also a family man and entrepreneur who lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona. His accomplishments include being a four-time #1 Best-Selling Author on Amazon, hosting the popular podcast “Ideas That Make an Impact,” establishing The Book District, and founding and serving as CEO at Jones Media Publishing.

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