All We Can Do Is Share Ourselves

So many of us believe that we have to do something. We have to take action in order to make a difference in the world. We must have a higher purpose, a mission, a profound calling. And while action certainly has its place, it’s really *how we are* in the world that makes the difference.

Consider this: if you are at peace with yourself, you are already making a difference. We can donate money, or send aid, or volunteer at a shelter, but the first thing we must do is take responsibility and stock of our own path of consciousness. If we come into harmony with ourselves and vibrate from that out into the world, we are the de facto change.

It’s not about the magnitude. It’s not about the grand nature of the contribution externally. If we gather up all the parts of ourselves and love them, that love becomes contagious. The ripple effect of this kind of energy is tremendous — in some ways more profound than all the external contributions that have ever been made. Because the more we are at peace with ourselves, the more our collective energy will shift, and anything that stands in the way of peace and tranquility will have no choice but to end or dissolve.

That’s all there is left to do. Once we have embraced all that we are, once we’ve come into a place of peace, all we can do is share ourselves. Give ourselves away. Give ourselves to as many people as possible. We will no longer be seeking to become complete by rescuing others, because we will realize that we are already complete. Then, love is the only thing left.

Tonight, as we turn out the lights, let us know that a day will come when we will be called into contribution. We will know when it happens. We will recognize it. We won’t wonder if we should or shouldn’t, nor will we question our motives. We will simply — with grace and dignity, and fullness of heart — do what needs to be done.

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.
As a mother once told her daughter, “You can be beautiful, darling. But make it a point to be so much more.”
Your boss is not thinking about you. Your peers are not thinking about you. You need to think about you.

“The key to happiness is to lower your expectations.”

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go after your goals. It means you should prepare for an imperfect path on the way. For example, when Roizen travels internationally, she assumes her checked baggage will be lost, that her flight will be late, that the rental car won’t be there waiting. “I assume everything that can go wrong will go wrong so when it actually happens, I’m not stressed,” she says. “I have a change of clothes in my carry-on; I schedule no meetings within two hours of landing; I expect the mess, and if it doesn’t happen, I’m pleasantly surprised. 95% of stress is self-inflicted.”

This is hard,” her daughter said. “But I like hard.” “I love that line,” says Roizen. “When you’ve been through a lot of hard things, you know that the best times are when you get through them.
Funding can make you do things that you never would if you didn’t feel like you had to.
You figure out what your product is only after selling it.
Traditionally, companies build a product they feel good about and then try to sell it. Firefly started selling before its product was fully baked, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions they made. “We did a lot of outbound sales, cold calls, cold emails, and it was so much better from a learning perspective than using something like AdWords to sell the product,” Shipper says. “So many people say that to test an idea you should just throw up a landing page and buy some AdWords and see who you attract. Unless you have a lot of experience with AdWords that’s a bad idea. There’s this gigantic learning curve to doing online marketing right, so most likely you’re just going to buy ads that no one ever clicks on, or you’ll get people coming to your page who immediately leave when they see nothing real, and then they’ll never get converted. You could have the wrong keywords, bad ad copy, who knows?”
You have to pair relentlessness with something else, and I think the best thing is being scrappy.