“Anybody could do this” is what I consider to be a cringe-worthy sentence. Whenever I hear someone say it, It literally makes me draw in a deep breath to stop myself from getting frustrated. I usually hear this response from someone after I have given them a compliment on something that I’ve noticed that they are very talented at. Or, I’ve made the comment that they could probably sell whatever their talent is.
It usually follows a smile, a thank you and a dismissive wave of the hand. “Oh, anybody can do this.” I don’t doubt that they are not right. We all have the potential to learn how to do everything that someone else is doing. But, who the hell wants to? Everyone can learn to cook, but I promise you that no one wants to cook 365 days a year. Restaurants make money because there are nights when people don’t want to cook for themselves and they are not going to put the love and energy into creating the experience that they enjoy when they go out.
People could probably make their own clothes, jewelry and shoes if they really tried, but why do that when you can go to the store and purchase someone else’s inspiration. We would have no music to listen to and no television to watch, if not for the people who feel called to express themselves in that manner. Yes, anybody can do it, but not everybody is called to do the same thing. Some people have a desire to put people back together. Some are literally as doctors and others are emotionally as therapist, psychologist and even coaches.
You purpose is your form of expression, your talent and your reason for being. It’s also probably something that you love to do. It’s something that you take pride in. It’s your contribution and your way of giving back. If you do that dismissive wave of the hand, you are dismissing every person that might enjoy your vision and live in your creation. And, you are missing the opportunity to live in your bliss. The bliss that you were born with inside of you because it’s your special gift.
You are right. Anybody probably could do it. People have probably done it before you and they may do it after you. It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you do it. It’s important that you share it and you leave that legacy on this earth. The legacy that you were brave enough to step into and live in your purpose. And when you do that, you inspire others to find their own purpose. The next time someone compliments you on what you do and says that you should sell it or do something with it. You should smile, say thank you and say, “yes, I know. I am.”
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”- Og Mandino