The Wisdom of Master Shifu
After watching Kung Fu Panda 3 today, I came away inspired. There is so much depth, so much wisdom in those three movies that I may just have to do a whole series on it, particularly the wisdom of Master Shifu. Now, on an initial glance, Shifu seems to be an impatient, cantankerous old cuss who really just does not see Po as being worthy of being the Dragon Warrior. When, in fact, he pushes Po to be the best that he can be even though he doesn’t see greatness in himself.
In the third installment, Shifu has a line that just smacked me in the face.
“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are”
Wow. How incredibly wise is that?
Comfort, or doing what you know you can do, is the enemy of progress.
Comfort is a long, slow death of your soul.
Comfort will eventually suck the will to live right out of you.
The end result of being comfortable is regret.
Think about the last time you dreamt of something, some ideal that you wanted your life to be like.
Why did you give that up?
If you sold your dreams for a steady paycheck, how much did you sell your dreams for?
Even if you love your job, are you comfortable where you are? Or do you dream of moving up in the ranks?
Well, my friend, in order to do that, you’re going to have to do something new.
You’re going to have to learn a new skill, strengthen an existing skill, make some new contacts….
…you’ll never get to where you want to be simply by doing what you can do.
Three years ago I decided it was time to do something new… and within a few months I had a new job in a new state closer to where I always wanted to be…..which is living on the beach.
Had I always done what I could do, I’d still be miserable and full of regret.
So, are you comfortable?
Are you as good as you can be?
Are you the best you that you can be?
Or is it time to do something new?