Ever since I was little I had big aspirations. Like any kid I believed that I could truly be anything I wanted to. Without thought of requirements, schooling, or what have you. First it was a President of the United States, an NBA player, and various other career paths. I was never afraid to think big. As I grew these notions were slowly pushed back. The “realities” if you will began to settle. Grades, society, and the people & influences around me.
“There no money in that field.”
“There’s no security in that.”
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It wasn’t only in myself in which I saw this light go out but the friends around me. We began settling for the smaller more achievable tasks in life. It was easier to think small than it was to pursue something that we actually wanted or fantasized about. I remember when I first started my business I was told to focus on the world immediately around me before looking at the bigger picture & thinking globally. But it made no sense to me. This day in age we have the power to extend our reach globally. While I believe a small difference can offset many other changes down the road I always thought about the “bigger picture”.
As I grew in age, experience, and maturity I began to learn while it may be easier to think small. It’s much more easier to achieve the bigger ideas. If only because most people quit before even starting because they think its unachievable. That in itself gives you a head start. I opened my thinking beyond myself and began to focus on problems that may have started with me but effected people around the world. My goal when I started my first business was simple to “help people & create an impact.”
It dawned on me that the size of my success was only limited by my thinking. That said if I pursued the smaller ideas than I could only expect marginal results. Versus going for the bigger obstacles, challenges, goals & achieving bigger results. Now this doesn’t make the overall process simple. You still have to work hard, smart, and efficiently but it does make it worth it.
You see by thinking big & pursuing the things you want out of life you unconsciously give permission for others to do the same. Motivation to me has always been a reminder of something you were always capable of doing. I never thought about failure or a plan B only for the reason that it was a distraction for what I wanted. Nothing would deter me from those goals.
Thinking big can be anything from curing world hunger, cancer, or what have you. Understand that thinking big doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to accomplish every little thing you set out for in life rather that you try. The ability to think & pursuit it in the first place is the big step in itself. Success is never guaranteed whether the task is big or small. I’ve always had the impression though that if your going to put your all & tackle a problem make it a big one. One that doesn’t just impact you but others globally. As with anything ideas are nothing. It’s the execution that truly matters. Next time the idea of something big daunts you & prevents you from execution remember that really thats the hardest part. Getting started. From there it involved dedicating your whole being to that cause.
If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure. -Elon Musk
I believe this day in the age we need more people willing to think big. Understanding that to think big can mean variety of things. While there are global issues thinking big can be something that has a cascading effect. The simple problems in life or the environment around you can quantify as big thinking. To me to think big is to not limit yourself in your capabilities of achieving something. If you so fail or come half way you’ve made a progress in something so significant that in itself is a huge contribution to the world.
Along the way I’ve learned the following about thinking big:
- You can’t expect everyone to understand or even comprehend your vision, idea, or what have you
As with anything you can’t expect someone else to understand your outlook on something. They’ll see it differently & of course their own personal opinions/viewpoints are taken into account. It’s best you let go of others opinions and the naysayers. Focus on the solution.
- Depth over distance
When it comes to whatever it is your pursuing I believe in depth over distance. Impact over how far, long, or much you may make. Those things tend to work themselves out when you focus on making the most impact within your field. To think big to me is to focus on problems that everyday people suffer from. Thing that appeal to the masses not just niche or market.
- Different not better
You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. The saying goes there is no money in innovation its repetition. You need to find which matters most to you. Just know that rather than trying to implement a whole new solution to a problem sometimes the simplest answer to life’s big issues can be solved in the simplest of ways. Also remember when it comes to thinking and implementing something big that you don’t have to just be different but fundamentally so. You have to be different than the rest & offer something they don’t to even compete. So to not just think big but exert bigger effort.
- Everything hasn’t been done
The most common thing I’ve been told is that “but everything has been done already”. While that may be true to a certain effect again refer above. Just because something exists remember that doesn’t mean it’s the best possible version. So in all everything hasn’t been done. Every solution, implementation, variation hasn’t been tried. Thats the reason we have trends & apps that take off now & again. In order to think big you have to let go of the notion that it’s been done before & focus on how you can either improve upon it or bring something different to the table.
So dare to think big. Tackle life’s big problem. I’ve ultimately learned along the way you can always think bigger. Expand upon your goals, aspirations, improve. There’s always room for improvement whether its a big business, skill your learning, or problem your trying to solve. Remember success isn’t made by simply fitting in rather standing out. Most fear thinking big for a variety of reasons. Fear of failure, not being good enough, etc. Just try to remember the world needs people willing to take the risk for a bigger return. Those who are willing to not just change their own life but that of others through their work. Life to me is like a game of chess. Ultimately your trying to position yourself for the best results. Moving piece by piece in light of the bigger picture, goal, vision. In order to think big you have be able to envision your success & know that thinking is just one very small step in the overall process. Everyone has ideas but in the end its taking that idea or goal & putting it into action.
The art of thinking big isn’t so much a mindset rather a lifestyle. Something you don’t just adapt but instill in everything you do going forward. Think big.