Friday, October 18, 2013

Motivation Week - Jada Pinkett Smith "Approval"


For motivation week, I have been posting videos from motivational speeches, but today, I wanted to do something a little different. I follow Jada Pinkett-Smith on Facebook and she tends to post some very poignant thoughts. Recently, my friend and fellow blogger Chiquandra, posted about caring so much about what other people think.

As a society, we used to have norms and values that guided what is/is not appropriate. Over time, some of those things have been challenged and rightfully so to push the envelope and open the door to innovation (think Masters & Johnson) and in other instances they have been challenged in very bad ways (think PeopleofWalmart.com). Recently Bill Maher did a New Rules segment (Rated R) about it, and while I don't agree with 100% of what he says, I felt 100% about that particular topic...but I digress.

At any rate, it's important to have a healthy balance between being concerned about what's appropriate (in any regard) and being obsessed or even paralyzed by what other people think. If the thoughts of others are causing you misery or paralysis that keeps you from moving forward with your life and/or your dreams, you need to check-in with yourself and figure that out.

If you have a desire in your heart to test and write about vibrators or sex or you want to want to walk cross-country collecting signatures on American flags or you want to give free lessons in coding to a homeless man - you can't allow the thoughts of others to keep you from pursuing what's in your heart.

Follow your heart - not your fear. If this didn't motivate you, maybe tomorrow's post will.