“To have more, you must first be more.”
- Johann Goethe
This is the second part of the Excerpts from Great Minds series. You can read that of Socrates here.
I love this quote from Goethe and I wonder what his source of inspiration was. When I first read it, a picture came to my mind: I saw a small tea cup asking for the same amount of content as that of a jug. How possible is that?
The important thing the tea cup didn’t realize is that it was limited.
Are you a tea cup asking to be a jug?
One thing you need to realize here is that the tea cup was not limited by its mentality. It had the mentality of a jug but its physical boundaries didn’t give it the capacity of a jug.
To be more, you have to break boundaries you have set.
Sometimes, we set personal boundaries even without us realizing it. This can be due to failure, embarrassment, heart break, disappointment and so on. It’s just like vowing to never enter a relationship again because your previous partner cheated on you. Your actions, appearance, personality and character will automatically conform to fulfil this vow. No matter how hard you try to start another intimate relationship, it just won’t work. If you don’t give out the level of love that’s expected of you, you can’t receive a higher amount either.
To receive more, you have to give more.
If your goal is to become a rich investor, be ready to take the risks that the rich investors take. This way, you become more of an expert than a newbie and you get what you deserve, which is MORE.
If your goal is to build a better family, then become MORE of a parent.
If your goal is to have more loyal employees, then become MORE of a loyal employer.
If your goal is to have more respect, then respect yourself and others MORE.
If your goal is to have better grades, then you have to be MORE of a reader.
If your goal is to have more kids, well… you know what you have to do.
In general, it’s all about adding that little extra to you. If that tea cup really wants to be the jug, it’ll have to be broken (if that’s possible) and remoulded with that extra clay. Like the tea cup, if you’re ready to be that future you, get ready to remould and add that extra quality, personality or character. Get ready to BE MORE!
What do you think it means to have more and to be more? I’d love to hear your views in the comments.
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