People are born to excel in conducive environments.
It’s no great shakes.
With an appropriate environment around you, you move and shake…
Where’s the growth?
You’re doing something that comes naturally to you, something you’re good at.
Frankly, there’s not much growth here.
Sure, your environment grows.
Whether you grow in the process or not…that’s the question.
You definitely grow more in a scenario, where you’re thrown into a non-conducive environment.
Try excelling there.
Let’s see you excel there, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes.
Why’s is this important?
Toughen up, people.
Lose your comfort-zones. Come out into the open. Do something extraordinary. Excel in non-conducive environments.
Where’s the fun? That’s what you’re asking, right? Fine. Good question.
You can always have your fun.
It takes nothing for you to walk into a conducive environment and start excelling.
You can always do this.
For example, if you’re a born teacher, you can always hook up with an institution and commence some classes. Or, if you like languages, you can just enrol with some institute and start learning a foreign language.
That’s always there. Your backup. For when you’re down. But, right now, what are you doing right now? When you’re world’s A1, how are you then reacting to your good fortune? Are you toughening up? Are you looking around for non-conducive environments to excel in?
It’s difficult to lift yourself up and motivate yourself when you’re looking like a fool and feeling out of place. That’s just it. The act of lifting and motivating yourself – the sheer strength of body, mind and character required – will make you grow immensely.
What’s so important about growth?
It’s your strength backup account. You can draw on it. It works in a non-linear and metaphysical fashion. It can lend you energy by sheer thought transfer, just by remembering something strong and gutsy you might have done before, in a difficult situation, in a non-conducive environment.
Build up this account in your spare time. This is one account you’ll actually take with you when you leave the body. This account is real wealth. Its remnants get stamped onto your soul. Build it. Build it more than you build up your physical wealth account. That’s the one you’ll be leaving behind, for your kin to blow, if you’ve not sorted your affairs out properly.
What are typical examples of non-conducive environments?
Being trapped in a difficult marriage, and having a child or children from the marriage. Leaving the environment is heavy on the kids. Some battle it out for the sake of the kids. They try to make the best of a non-conducive environment for the sake of someone they love, someone who looks up to them.
Working in an environment for which one is not cut out. Happens. It’s a destiny-play. One glides into it without being able to help it. One can walk out, sure, but not without affecting the lives of many, adversely. Many remain. They battle it out in a non-conducive environment. They grow from within.
Being trapped in a difficult friendship. Walking out could hurt the other irreparably. Some remain, for as long as it takes. They take some hits in the bargain, but they also grow.
Being a second-rate citizen in a foreigner-unfriendly country. Tough. Has some advantages, though. Career, wealth-building, systems, language, good education and prospects for children, internal growth…amidst humiliation, sometimes back-breaking work, lack of recognition etc. Many battle it out, keeping the larger picture in mind. Many have no other choice. All grow.
These are just some examples.
I’m sure you can add to this list by looking at your own life.
Don’t be sad.
It’s ok to grow.
Even if the environment is non-conducive.
Take it in your stride.
Conducive breathers will come.