“The big ideas you are thinking about right now may seem complex and difficult to you. But I will tell you that those big ideas will be in your life long after you are gone. They are there, just waiting. And you will continue to benefit from them.
One of the most important, and yet most underappreciated, things in the world is life. A life is like a tree. It is the root, the trunk, and the branches. When we are in our youth we think of the roots and the trunk. The trunk grows, and the twigs are our leaves. The trunk then grows and the branches become our new life.
The problem is that we are often so busy living out our life that we don’t realize that we are doing the same thing. We see the leaves and the branches, but we are not looking in the trunk. When we spend our life trying to make something grow, we are often trying to make the tree grow. So we are usually growing the tree in our own image instead of in the image of the trunk and the branches.
This reminds me of a story I heard about a college professor who was teaching a class about the relationship between math and the human brain. In one example, the professor was walking along a sidewalk, and he saw a pair of shoes. He pointed at the shoes and said, “Those are my shoes.” The shoes turned out to be a pair of $50,000 worth of shoes being sold in the mall.
Another example would be the tree in your tree. When a tree is growing in your own image, it doesn’t take a long time before it produces fruit that makes it grow to over 3 feet tall. The tree in your tree is not growing to 3 feet tall because it’s growing in your own image. It’s growing because it’s growing in your image.
This is a great example of something we all can relate to. The “image” of a thing. It becomes real to us when it is not in our physical image. Whether you like it or not, our “image” is what we see in the world around us. It’s what we see in the world whether we like it or not.
Its how we perceive reality. Its not what we make of it, its the way that we perceive it. When I say that we can make a thing that we like and know that we have it, I’m only repeating what we already know. When you think that you know you have a great thing, you’re simply thinking you’re in control.
The key is to recognize that the thing that you want to have is not something that you know you can have. You can have a great thing, but it doesnt have to be an object. And we are conditioned to believe that a great thing is an object, it is really a feeling, a state of mind.
The most important thing about having a great thing is that you think you have it. When you realize that you dont know you have a great thing, its hard to feel good about yourself. You think that you can do anything, and that you can take any action that you desire. Because you dont know that you have a great thing, you cant really control it. You cant make the thing that you desire. And that is why you feel so helpless when you try to act on that desire.
That feeling of helplessness can be really paralyzing. People often say that a great idea just floats into their head… it’s true, and people who are able to control their ideas and feelings tend to have better, more creative ideas. But having a great idea is a lot different than having an amazing idea, though. You can have a great idea, but it won’t be easy to make happen.