“Enthusiasm is contagious. You can start an epidemic.” –Unknown
Do you ever downplay your passions and ambitions when someone asks you about your work?
Someone asked me if I do this a while back, and at first, I said that I don’t. To know me is to know Tiny Buddha—and to hear about it often.
I’ve recognized, however, that I can be somewhat reserved in describing what I do when I first someone new—especially if I meet them in a context that does not confirm they have an interest in personal development.
Of course, this means I’m making assumptions. Just because I meet someone at a wisdom conference that doesn’t guarantee they’re more interested in personal growth than someone I meet in a doctor’s office.
Still, it’s tempting to form this conclusion to avoid potential awkwardness, particularly because I write about topics that not everyone feels comfortable discussing.
This, I’ve found, is what sometimes causes me to water down my enthusiasm: I’m too concerned with how I assume someone might respond to open up and find out for myself.
Can you relate?
Have you ever assumed someone would be bored by your work without giving them the opportunity to decide for themselves? Have you ever imagined someone would find your aspirations silly instead of taking a chance and letting them in?
Or how about this: Have you ever held back when sharing your goals with someone who seems to be successful in their field in fear they won’t take you seriously because you’re not yet?
I suspect we do these things to maintain a sense of safety, whether it’s for ourselves or our dreams.
But we limit our potential to help and be helped, inspire and be inspired, when we minimize our interests and ambitions.
You never know when an enthusiastic exchange might lead to a life-changing conversation, introduction, or opportunity, for you or someone else.
We can all do a lot of good in this world we all share together, but we first we need to be willing to share the good we want to do.
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