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LIFE: "Practical Genius"

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I'll begin with an excerpt. (page 59)

The "Nothing"
Remember the 1984 children's film, The Neverending Story? It was based on a German fantasy novel about a young boy's quest to save Fantasia, a land without boundaries that was created by the dreams and hopes of mankind. Fantasia was slowly dying as people lost their imaginations and ability to dream to an emptiness and despair that were referred to as the "Nothing."

"People who have no hopes are the easiest to control," said the servant to the power behind the Nothing... I think that today many of us are unconsciously falling under the power of the Nothing, abdicating our imaginations and courage to dream and hope and tell our whole stories in the real world. (end quote)

I got the book Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You a few weeks ago when I attended a Latina Empowerment conference hosted by Proud To Be Latina. I've finally gotten around to reading it (and I'm about half way through), and it's been a very encouraging and empowering read thus far and although it is FILLED with quotables, I felt that the excerpt above hit close to home.
It's always worth examining and learning different ways to discover and incorporate our personal passions into our professional goals and this does a good job of providing a solution.

(Photo source: Guardian Express)
I'd like to take a second to acknowledge the passing of a hero and great inspirational leader, Nelson Mandela. The passing of our heroes often remind us of how human they still are, despite their greatness and how in being human ourselves we have within us the same capacity to be as great.

Mandela, I promise to honor your legacy through my words and through my actions.

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