I was taken by a commencement speech Jim Carrey gave during a graduation ceremony at Maharishi University of Management where he spoke about his late father.
Like Jim, his father was a very talented comedian but took a “safe” route in life as an accountant and abandoned comedy altogether. After years of working in this field to provide for his family, he lost his job. As a result, the family struggled for years.
Jim promised himself to follow his dreams because, even if you don’t, you can still fail. So why not make your message your mission and ensure its success by getting “out there” fully?
Here are five reasons you must share your message and work far and wide:
1. It’s fun!
Doing what you love to do is invigorating, a lot of the time doesn’t feel like work and could be the most joy you ever experience. What’s more important than this?
2. The universe supports you
When you reach and serve others with your work, you tap into something greater than you. The universe wants you to use your unique talents and supports you when you do. Opportunities unfold. It’s just your job to keep taking the next step and letting more and more people discover what you have to offer the world.
3. Creativity, ideas and energy FLOW
When we share our important message, we connect with our divine source. And our gifts, even if we have not used them in years, never leave us. We just need to channel them.
For almost 12 years I wrote nothing more than an email.
For the first article I wrote, about scaling back and learning to say no (something I really believe in) the words came.
4. You live an honest life
Nothing is more important than being who you are here to be - it is your only true obligation to yourself and to the world. If you approach it with commitment and an open heart, the rewards will come. In Regrets of The Dying, Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse, says many of the patients she nursed in their final days regretted most that they lived a life other people expected of them and not the life that they truly wanted to live.
When we use our talents and step up in service to more and more people, we don’t leave room for regret.
5. You can take baby steps — every single stride forward counts
Imagine if your favorite musician, author, inventor, chef, athlete or architect didn’t come into your life. Your life wouldn’t be as great, right? When you allow people to discover you who need what you can offer them, you’re improving their lives, too.
You are in fact being selfish when you play small and don’t share your product or service with others.