“A sensible individual sees the value in following the lead of the bird who doesn’t soar higher than its own wings allow.”
I remember the old story about Icarus. Icarus was a tragic figure, who in “… his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned.”
This tale depicts the dark side of letting ambition cloud our judgment.
The motivational speakers will more often have us believe that we need to set lofty goals, which they then assure us we will reach, if only we strive and try hard enough.
Sometimes, yeah … but sometimes not so much …
Part of life involves learning to live with failure and disappointment. We all feel our wings melting sometimes and the fall from high hopes can be quite a nasty plunge.
So what’s an ambitious person to do?
As the saying implies, know the strengths of your own wings… Set realistic expectations.
Of course, the trick is to know what “realistic” means for you.
Realistic not for other people, or your boss, or your best friend … realistic for you.
Reality is a very personal concept and each of us faces their own reality, built of our hopes and dreams, our failures and fears, and our self-concept and perceptions.
Others can offer candid and sometimes objective perceptions of you and what you can do. They cannot see inside you.
I’ll let that sink in as you consider your own reality and what limits it may place on you.
Thinking about how I think about myself in the Heartland ….