What Do I do with My Pain? There are two kinds of people in the world:
People who win And everyone else
People who win they figure out that: THEIR PAIN IS AN ASSET
THEY ARE BROKER
THEY DECIDE THE DIVIDENDS What you do with your pain comes down to the questions: Why am here?
And what do I want out of my life? If you want to be impactful, you will see your pain as an asset If you want little or nothing -you will see life as a victim. No great achiever in life is a victim, From Oprah Winfrey to Ray Lewis-Aung San Suu kyi to Mandela. Victim and success-don’t go together-like oil and water. They’re two kinds of pain I’m talking about, your own pain And the pain of others-I call this empathy pain- where you wear their shoes until their pain becomes so unbearable to you you create impossible to fix it for them. Aung San Suu Kyi, ditched freedom in the free world to fight the plight of the people of Burma house arrested 20 years for protesting their atrocities. In the end she toppled a dictator, bringing democracy to Burma Elevating her status from citizen to leader and Nobel Prize winner. All because she made the pain of others her own, through empathy. Pain is the door to your best self. Don’t run from it. Plunge right through it without shame. I’m supposed to be ashamed to say that I’m from a family that’s never done anything great. That my mother is a nanny And my father a labourer And that I’m scared to fail but living way below my potential. I always knew I was an eagle, born eagle, but living life as a seagull. But one day while home alone, I heard myself scream to the man in the mirror “negro get your shit together, get your shit together, because if anybody is gonna make it in this family, it’s you, you” Why? Because I’m weak. But strong enough to admit it.
Courageous enough to fix it. Their pain is a badge of honour I wear on my chest and it pushes me towards my best, every waking hour. You’re broke when you’re free of pain.
You’re stuck when you’re comfortable. Do you want to be rich?
Do you want to be wise? Do you want to be fulfilled and satisfied in life? Then find some pain to bear
Find discomforts to face. Find a barrier to break. And when you find it, don’t hesitate, take it to the bank of hope, Cash in with faith
Because your pain is your asset, It’s gonna make you great. This Darin Ruddock- let’s create Impossible if not for you, then for someone else. The world is waiting.