Abraham Lincoln was born on this day, 12th February 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky.
From a poor family, he self educated himself and became the 16th president of the United States.
He’s also one of the most popular presidents ever.
And he was assassinated on April 15th 1865.
I’m sure you probably know all this, but here’s something you don’t know:
It was the chance reading of a quote by Lincoln a few years back which planted a very important seed in my mind.
With the help of circumstances, friends and much effort this seed has blossomed into a beautiful flower and enriched my life.
Would you like to know what the quote is?
I can’t say no to you can I?
Let me share the quote and then explain why it was so important to me. Here it is:
“If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of 10 angels would not make the difference.”
I was once cursed by the desire to please everyone. It’s a very tedious illness to suffer from.
I’d write something and then think: “Oh, you can’t say that Marcus, someone might be offended…”
On and on it went.
The result was a very bland message that didn’t offend anyone, but it didn’t really appeal to anyone either.
With the above quote in mind I decided that instead of trying to avoid criticism, I’d simply settle for doing my best and what I thought was right.
I remember when I actively started encouraging people to purchase my Qigong products I got a lot of criticism. Seems quite a few people I’d attracted with my bland message were outraged that I was disrespectful enough to charge for this art.
An art which in their opinion ought to be available to everyone for free.
I feel nothing but pity for people who think like that. They clearly don’t understand business or human psychology at all and I bet they’re broke.
But this isn’t meant to be about me, this is about you.
The message I’d like you to take from today’s Qigong Daily is this:
stop you from doing what you are here on planet Earth to do.
What others think of you is none of your business.
You’re unique, there isn’t another like you and there never will be another like you.
The world needs you to share your gift.
Whatever it might be.
Simply do your best with what you have available.
Living your life restricted by the possible opinions of others is a form of slavery and you know Lincoln wouldn’t have any truck with that foolishness!
I’ve discovered the only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. Which isn’t such a great option. Unless you want to be one of those people described by Oliver Wendell Holmes who:
Once you start to do anything that brings you to the attention of others, you’re going to get criticism. If you’re not then there’s a good chance you’re trying to please everybody (ask me how I know!).
So go to it and share your gift with the world.
And at the risk of receiving criticism (LOL!), whilst you’re here could I interest you in a copy of my best-selling book:
Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises To Help You Live A Longer, Healthier and Happier Life.
It does exactly what it says in the title and you can download a copy of it here:
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