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    13 November 2012

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    Ah, the wonder of youthful enthusiasm.  The joy of youthful exuberance.  The endless one word replies to any question about their day.  The mind of a young person knows no bounds.  It’s fresh and not weighed down by cynicism and defeatist attitudes.  Time and time again the excited minds of a young generation will come forward with ideas that seemed impossible only decades before.  How do they do it?  They have no concept of what is or is not possible.  They’re fueled by their core desires and beliefs, not the expectations of others.

    The Wisdom of Children

    Take some time and watch some young children at play.  You’ll see evidence of pure, undaunted imagination.  Children especially pay no respect to the dreadfully boring “adult” world, governed by ironclad rules of what should or what not should be, what is or what isn’t possible.  They fill in the gaps themselves with creativity and game playing.  While it’s probably not a good idea to start playing freeze tag at your next meeting, you can definitely learn something by reawakening your inner-child.

    Recklessness

    The flip side of the coin of staring down the impossible is recklessness.  Every teenager feels immortal.  Confused and usually without direction, they stomp around seemingly invulnerable to any consequences.  The determined ones start to map out goals and use that indestructible attitude to strive for success without looking back.  Capture the remarkable tenacity of adolescence and combine it with your adult wisdom in order to move toward your destination with unshakable confidence.

    Idol Worship

    Young people definitely have heroes, but they may be unconventional.  They may distrust regular authority figures or simply be bored by them.  While looking to successful people for tips and examples can be helpful, don’t idolize someone and try to recreate their situation completely.  Be like the young and question the methods of authority.  You may find a new and exciting solution to a well-worn problem.

    Proving a Point

    Young people may have chips on their shoulders.  It’s because they’ve got something to prove.  To their parents.  To their teachers.  They’re trying to prove to the world that they’ve got what it takes to survive.  More importantly, they’re trying to prove it to themselves.  Follow the youthful example and remember to be your harshest critic.  Constantly strive to impress yourself and surpass your own expectations.

    Limiting Beliefs

    Adults tend to take on limiting beliefs.  They’ve experienced the vagaries of life.  They’ve had their share of failures and disappointments.  When they think toward the future, they may immediately shut down as soon as a difficult image appears in their minds.  They’ll think things like, “It will never work,” or “It’s too hard,” and they’ll have given up before they even started.  Try to retain your youthful exuberance.  If you’ve become too cynical and can’t seem to reawaken it, you may need to rediscover your passion.

    Every generation, the world is processed and then recreated by innovative, young entrepreneurs.  Keep a healthful, youthful spirit when dealing with your business or your personal life.  Stay excited and stay hungry.  Achieve the impossible.

    Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

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    3 Responses to Stay Excited And Stay Hungry. Achieve The Impossible!

    1. Carsten Knuffmann November 14, 2012 at 4:43 am #

      I see so many people are discouraged to life their dreams simply because they have all that limiting beliefs holding them back. But when working with kids you can see that they are just going for the adventure everyday. So these limiting beliefs have to kick in somewhere between child and adult!
      Thx for the great post btw!

    2. YouCreative December 6, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      As Adidas says: Impossible is nothing. Now really, to achieve the impossible you only have to work hard. That’s all.

    3. Anton Volney May 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      I’ve found that having good mentors can be invaluable to making progress. When I see my mentors in action. Even if it’s from a youtube video, or a blog post like this, I get a sense that I can do it too.

      Sounds cheesy but I really think it helps.

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