Build A Life, Not A Resume

Build A Life, Not A Resume


Motivational Speaker, Jay Shetty explains:

How Failure May Not Build Resumes, But Builds Character

And Helps Us Learn To Adapt To Change.


Our value is not created by the price of our clothes or our bank balance or our job titles that we have.
In this video Jay Shetty shared about holding our values even when we are faced with adversities.

A university professor started his class by taking out a twenty-pound note from his back pocket, and in this lecture hall there are about two hundred people. He asked “how many of you would like this note?”  All hands went up. He said… “interesting” and then said…before I let you have it, let me ask you this question.

He took the note and folded it in half twice, and then he asked how many of you would want this note and still the two hundred hands went up. Now, let me try something else. he took the note and crumpled it and asked again, how many of you want this note now and still the two  hundred hands went up.

Finally he chuck the note on the floor, and with his shoe he crumbled it  even more.  He then pick it back up, now with dirt and said, how many of you want this note, all two hundred hands went up.

He said today you learned an important lesson, no matter how much I crumpled that note, how much I scrunched it up, how many times it was trodden on, you still wanted it because it was still worth twenty-pounds.

In the same way that twenty-pound note hold its value, so do you.
No matter how many times life will tread on you, life will crumble you or scrunch you and life will squeeze you, you will always keep your value.

That spark within us, all of bliss, knowledge and eternity that exist. That spark will never be taken away.
Our value is not created by the price of our clothes or our bank balance or our job titles that we have.
See, we should be building life and not just building our CV’s.

In 2009, he was the software engineer that no one wanted to hire. He has 12 years of experience at Yahoo,  but he was rejected by Facebook and then by Twitter.  He’s been to a great university and he has a great CV.

He decided to team up with one of his alumni members at Yahoo and started to create an app and focus on the startup space.

Five years later, he sold that for 19 billion dollars to Facebook.  Believe it or not, that was Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp.

When he was rejected by Facebook, he said it was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people.I look forward to life’s next adventure.  When he was rejected by Twitter, he responded by saying  “worked out….it was quite a long commute”.

So it is interesting to see that someone who was rejected from two of the top internet companies actually responded with humour and positivity.

He shared about J.K. Rowling.  This lady was diagnosed with clinical depression, her marriage had failed and she was jobless with a dependent child. She  was on a four-hour delayed train journey from Manchester to London when she came up with this idea, and she started to  write this book about this wizard. As she started writing,  she then finished her manuscript took it to twelve publishers and was rejected by all 12 believe it or not that’s JK Rowling

Next he spoke about Bill Gates.  This man watched his first company crumble,  he was a Harvard University dropout and his first company’s demo didn’t even worked.  He went on to build Microsoft his name’s Bill Gates.

Therefore failure is just a sign that we need to widen our scope. We need to be ready and build ourselves up for the next level.

Actually what we end up achieving is far greater than what we’d envisioned for ourselves and this divine plan, this orchestration can’t be happening without the intervention that occurs, because if we had it our way, we’d just settle .

We’d just accept what we’d thought was our goal, what we’d thought we’d chasing. But actually I’ve noticed that when you don’t get that, later down the line, you look back and you reflect and realised that what you’ve gained is so much greater.

Failures are only failures when we don’t learn from them, because when we learn from them, they are lessons.

We actually extrapolate all of these teachings and actually get more insight into how we can improve the way we work, and how we can actually drive with a different energy.

The challenge we have is that we only talk about people’s failures when they succeed, and that’s why they become this taboo or we feel like their failures never happened.

We need to share these stories earlier, we need to bring out these stories and experienced on the journey so that people who are on the journey can actually follow these footsteps.

That is why Steve Jobs said…”you can’t connect the dots moving forward, you only can looking backwards”

This video resonated with me as on returning home after my overseas assignment, I decided to take a break and did some soul searching on my purpose and where my next path would take me. My passion has always to be my own boss and to write my own pay-check.

I began searching the web and found a digital education company who have been teaching people how to start their own online business from scratch and they have been doing this for over a decade. They are focused and dedicated to help you on your journey but the success of your business does depend on you, your mindset and dedication.

I need to tell you that I did face challenges while learning a new skill. I questioned myself if I could do this, but with determination, I soldiered on and quashed my doubts on starting my own online business.

I started an online business from scratch with no experience, scary…YES – rewarding (worth it)..100%.

You need to figure out your why! and don’t let life pass you by as you too can start your own business. 

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