You and I are two different people. We have different life experiences. We have different strengths and weaknesses. We have different desires, beliefs, level of perseverance, different connections, and so on. So who am I to tell you what you can and cannot achieve in your lifetime?
I’m not you. You may have strengths I don’t have. You may have a level of determination and unwillingness to give up that far surpasses mine. I may be basing my predictions on my past failures. You may be basing yours on your past successes. You may simply be better than me at turning dreams into reality.
If I say you can’t do something, there’s a good chance that it’s because I don’t want you to be disappointed like I was when I failed at achieving my own dreams. If I couldn’t do it, then how could you? I sometimes forget that we are two different people. I sometimes forget my limitations are mine and not yours.
So, if I ever tell you to give up on your dreams, on the things you want most in life, please ignore my words for they probably came from a place of fear and pain caused by my own past failures. Instead, please prove me wrong so that perhaps I could once again believe that I too can achieve my own dreams and have the courage to try again.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” – Napoleon Hill
Here’s a video of a speech about not letting your limitations define you.