After thousands of hours of therapy, introspection, and meditation, I finally began taking control of my life and creating my own opinions, most of which have evolved far beyond my family’s worldview.
You have the power to create your own reality. Your happiness lies from within and is not dependent upon others.
This is very easy to say and incredibly difficult to perform. It’s okay to express yourself without fear of being judged but you must also carry yourself in an emotionally mature way.
Figure out what you’re REALLY passionate about (NOT what your parents or friends care about). Remind yourself constantly why you’re doing this and what you ultimately hope to achieve from it.
Second, you should surround yourself with like-minded people who share your same passions. Third, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve whatever it is you’re after. Remove any ego and be open-minded. But stay laser-focused on your goal, and don’t get bogged down in the weeds/politics. Stay at 30,000 feet.
Without a strong sense of self, true happiness is unattainable.
Character development is the foundation from which our worldview is established. Otherwise, you’ll easily find yourself “spinning your wheels” and living life on autopilot without even realizing it. You might even find yourself headed down an unsatisfying path.
Yet what I’ve realized is that every minute you spend on inward focus, yields a 10x return on attitude, patience, and fulfillment. Ultimately, an inward focus will actually allow you to organize your activities more efficiently, thus creating more free time, not less. Don’t view self-reflection as one more thing competing for your time, but rather an opportunity to get yourself organized.