Not everyone can be a celebrity or an astronaut, an explorer, writer, artist, model or business leader. We can’t all own fast cars or live in expensive houses or travel the world and do exciting things. We weren’t all born clever or rich or beautiful or talented or witty.
Hell, that’s a very long list of things ordinary people can’t do or be.
Many of us have a world view that puts a small number of privileged or special people at the top and the bulk of humanity at the bottom. It’s sometimes said that society needs a pecking order to keep it from falling apart. But I’d like to see a society where everyone moves up to the top. Such a society wouldn’t fall apart – it would advance rapidly and provide fulfilling lives for everyone.
One of the strongest trends of the past century is the breaking down of barriers – class, race, gender and sexual orientation. There are still some barriers in place, but now the biggest one of all is the one inside people’s heads.
Do we trap ourselves in glass cages that stop us doing or being what we really want? I think we very often do.
Here’s a practical exercise to help you break out of your glass cage. Pin a sheet of paper on the wall and write the heading “If I had a million dollars I would …” Then write a list of 10 things you really want to do. Now do the same with the heading “If I was clever I would …” and so on. Now cross out the headings and replace them with the words “To-do list.”