“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Marianne Williamson, inspired by the limitations we put on ourselves.

I know you’ve heard the Arthur Schopenhauer quote about the truth getting through adversity to acceptance. About authenticity, he said “First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

I try hard to live believing there’s a tangible difference between those who make a way for themselves and those who fail to, and it’s simple.

Knowledge of self and trying hard.

I’ve learnt that limitation is, a lot of the time, self-imposed. Which when you see that it is also self-removed by having the will to change, can allow you to do things you didn’t think you could be capable of.

When I was young I had people influence my own view of my potential. I was like other young black kids, I had aspirations to rap. I don’t know why but seeing my role models and being young coming from the struggle that’s what I felt my path was.

You might say there’s a lot worse you can be, but it was self-destructive not looking at what more I could achieve.

People might not support or understand your choices, but all greatness has come up against opposition and polarised people.

Lauryn Hill, Saul Williams, Malcolm X.

Tupac Shakur is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Even 19 years after his passing I see the influence in popular culture he still has, suburban kids wear him on T-shirts, people still quote ‘thug life’. But in his time, Tupac wasn’t loved by popular culture. Looking at him from a distance you might see a mindless violent gang banger but there are differences where he perpetuated more: love and raising up your community. He made a clear and determined effort and that shows him to be what he is.

Limitations are placed on a lot of us, being shown or led to believe we have the potential inherently to only become rappers or footballers. Take control over your life, take opportunities you want and give it your all.

It’s true when they say that you can do whatever you can visualise and believe.

The difference between depression and joy is purpose. – Will Smith



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