Original is overrated!
I was thinking back to one of the first coaching courses that I kind of enrolled on, and there was a lot of talk at the time about being a thought leader. And I just was thinking around that again today because it’s come up in a few different conversations. And at the time, Like, back in the day, there when I was on this particular course, I was certainly kind of very keen to be a thought leader in inverted marks, in quotation marks, just just thinking like that. That was something that I needed to aspire to.
But can we really become Lee by just a matter of our will, a thought leader?
And so the question that I asked myself over the past couple of days, actually, I’ve just been ruminating on whether I’m a thought leader or a thoughtful follower, and which of those two actually is probably maybe the better and less stressful I used to be enamoured by the idea of been a thought leader on this pioneering trailblazer, carving the way to new fields of revelation, bringing waves of thankful followers with me. But today, really, I find a great deal more contentment instead in being a thoughtful follower.
And by that, I just want to explain kind of what I mean by that. Really, you know, most of the words I was thinking about, you know, I do a daily podcast. I write a daily blog, I write numerous different books and engage with several different communities.
And to the best of my ability, try and bring value to those communities. But in thinking around this, I got to know most of the words that I speak of, the words that I write. I’ve always been inspired or prompted generally by something that I’ve previously seen or read or heard that they are observations on something that I’ve witnessed, not one original, uninitiated thought. Yeah, even the ones that seem to spring from some kind of unadulterated genius, generally the fruit of a conversation with God in prayer.
Sometimes I’ll sit down and begin praying and journaling, and things will kind of spill onto the page or pop out of my mouth in that dialogue that even make my ears prick up and listen, you know, but, you know, and when I talk about conversation with God in prayer, I’m not talking about the heavens opening up and Angels delivering a world changing message type prayer.
Just simple dialogue with God from my heart. Now where I give myself the rare privilege of shutting myself up for five minutes to let someone far more intelligent than me do the talking. And the purpose of sharing this with you today is more to slap an objection to the ground that many would be creative entrepreneurs pull out of there. Why not? Or why I can’t bag, you know, originality is an issue for some people are rather unoriginality.
Sometimes we’ll come into the marketplace and we think we are all the best ideas, not already taken. And the simple answer is a resounding yes and a very certain. Now, even in the 9th century BC, we find Solomon pointing out this high tech 21st century truth. That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done.
And there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes one verse nine. You know, the reality is really humanity is wrestling with the same fundamental problems that they always have, seeking security, seeking significant and looking for a sense of purpose on the planet. You know, the means of answering those questions may have evolved and more over the centuries, but the itch that they scratch has never changed. As men and women of faith in the marketplace, we’re not looking for new or never before seen, problems to solve were simply coming with new eyes, informed by our history experience and learning to offer our own unique take on the answers we believe will help fellow travellers.
That’s where that’s where the uniqueness comes into play. You are the magic ingredient that turns a plain old information pie into a deliciously original meal. You thoughtfully follow the desires that God is placed in your heart. Let your history inform your present. What are the threads that Lee through the fabric of your journey so far?
What are the things that others come to you for advice and help on what others incessant promptings to move in a particular direction? Telling you, I’ve said this many times, but mine is an almost obsessive fascination with words not in a scholarly way, but in a very common, very ordinary. I love to dig into a subject and scratch below the surface way, a curious way that doesn’t want to just accept what’s already been said about a subject. But find out what my heart says about it. Now, the fact that you there will only ever be one of you in all of history and eternity takes care of this originality problem.
You do not need to get caught up in trying desperately to be original because you are one there’s. Why you are one of a kind, you know, for sure, there’s gonna be a host of other folks doing similar things to the ones that you propose to do. And that is absolutely fine. Now, the fact that it’s you picking up that diamond and turning it in your hand is always gonna shine a new light on whatever facet of a subject you are tackling and bringing to the attention of other people.
You know, while the billionaires Jose for their market share in the above the atmosphere right now, most folks would be more than happy to just figure out how to live their feet on the ground existence a great deal better, and we can help them with that.
We can help them both with their spirituality, and we can help them with their practicality, the practical things that we have been equipped to do that wins that we have made along the way that we can with others and help to equip others through. You know, whether it’s wealth, health, relationships or spirituality, they’ll never be a day when answers and leaders are not sort by the masses, you know, and you can be a leader in any one of those multifaceted spaces bringing great value to the table.
You know, I really thank God that I don’t have to build a spaceship to discover myself or my destiny. And that extra to rest your life has already landed on the planet in a stable in Bethlehem just a little over 2000 years ago. And that man guarantees your success and he is shaping you for glory.
You know he is. He is here right now by his spirit to help you step into your purpose on Earth and possibly down the line. If you become a billionaire and want to step into that ring, you know, maybe even conquer above the clouds as well. But let’s allow faith, not FOMO, not the fear of missing out to guide as step. And even if your ideas seem very ordinary and unoriginal, and even if your intellectual merchandise seems somewhat unremarkable compared to the other stallholders in Vanity Fair, do not fear.
Keep carving your way to your core and you’ll discover that you are indeed a one of a kind original and then seek to just share sincerely, wholeheartedly and without such harsh self criticism. And you’ll be surprised how many seemingly never before seen or heard ideas spring from your heart. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do say through my website at DavidLeMartin.com.
Have a great day.