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Don't Settle, Don't Lose Faith

by Jason Nemrow last modified 2018-03-29 15:42

I remember a radio advertisement a few years back that offered to help you discover what you love and build a business around it. It was a compelling idea to me and I suppose that was the point: it would be compelling to a lot of people and the service would be a money-maker to the advertiser. I only heard the ads for a few months, so I suppose it either never got off the ground or they were so swamped with people that they had all the business they wanted. The whole idea of doing what you love and therefore doing it very well and profitably could be the biggest "holy grail" of our lives. Our deepest envy is reserved for those people who seem to figure out their love and find a way to capitalize it financially. In large part, I think that is why people both love and hate Steve Jobs - by his own admission, he found his loves and successfully built his businesses and life around them:

"If you haven't found it [what you love] yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

Of course, I propose that a steady application of The Psychic Proximity Principle will gently lead you to things that you will love. You will be guided to people, passions, hobbies, courses, and opportunities that will reveal your individual love to you. It is as uncanny and nearly mystical as the Psychic Proximity Principle itself and even the skeptic inside will find itself admitting that there is surely something or somebody pulling the strings to help you.

Steve Jobs didn't seem to acknowledge God publicly in his speech, but he certainly followed his inner voice and intuition just as religiously as any disciple. As already mentioned before, "it has made all the difference in my (Steve's) life."

Steve Jobs thought that this idea was so important that he said it twice in one paragraph. It is so much in the nature of people to stop striving for something if it doesn't produce results immediately or come together with just the smallest thrust of effort. It takes real commitment and perseverance for amazing things to happen!

All too often, we adopt the attitude of the fox in the famous Aesop fable often called "The Fox and the Grapes". Here is a short version written by the Latin fabulist Phaedrus:

Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked 'Oh, you aren't even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes.' People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves.

Don't let others or your lesser nature pull you down from accomplishing your heart's desire. In writing this booklet, I am striving to overcome personal misgivings and the thought that this may all be an unprofitable effort and time wasted. Even if only a handful of people ever read this and only one or two are inspired enough to put the Psychic Proximity Principle into action, it will have been worth it.

In all the speech of Steve Jobs, this is the closest he comes to sounding religious:

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

There really is no adequate secular term analogous to faith. This involves taking action on something that you cannot know for certain; working in the service of something you cannot readily see. God is the ultimate un-knowable and un-see-able thing and many religions define him through those attributes. As you put the Psychic Proximity Principle into action, you will be putting faith into some unseen thing, though you may not choose to call it God. Certainly, you will come to find that something is steering you for good and if you continue to follow inspiration, you will discover a growing "faith" and "trust" in that something which you can't explain but that produces results regardless.

Things don't often happen with the timing we want, which is often "yesterday". When we are faithful, we put forth the needed effort even if the expected results are delayed. We will even keep moving and acting when things turn out differently than we hoped for. Steve couldn't have anticipated being fired from his own company, but he continued to move ahead regardless, secure in his faith that good unseen things would come of it. It was years before his wildly successful return to Apple but he was there and ready to take the helm when the opportunity presented itself.


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