Hey Kid: Be Great

In the book, The Great Gatsby, there is a marvelous introduction where the narrator attempts to describe the main character, Jay Gatsby.

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.… [Gatsby had] an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."

Just reading those words, we are inspired to want to know this man.  We are drawn to those who are full of hope and aware of the promises of life.  In the book, the narrator tells us that this is what made him so attractive, so inviting to the people who wanted to be near him.

Everyone wants to be liked.  If you say you don't you are lying.  You are lying to everyone and probably lying to  yourself.  It's built into us.  It's part of what helps us to get a long with each other.  Where we tend to get into trouble is when we pretend to be something we are not just to be liked.  That's not the solution.  The real work comes in seeking and finding people who like us for who we truly are... when we are at our best.  Then they will tolerate and at best, continue to love us when we are at our worst.

Be hopeful. Dream big.  Pursue goals... and never, ever give up.  Always see things for what they can be... instead of a limited perspective.  This is most important in people as well.  See the potential in everyone.  Then, you will be great.