I’m a BIG fan of Dr Seuss. Come on who isn’t? The lessons I learned as a kid, and still do from his great poems and stories, will forever guide me on my personal and business path.
I always loved `One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’ the most until my friend introduced me to `Oh the places we shall go’ at a time when I needed it most – several years back.
He turned to me one day and said `Oh Natalie, I think you’re in the waiting place’.
I was like `Huh?’ The next day he presented me with my own copy of this book and opened it to the appropriate pages on `unslumping myself’ and where I was `waiting’ for something to happen.
By gosh I thought, he’s totally right – Dr Seuss that is. I WAS in the waiting place. The most useless place to be.
I was waiting for someone to make the decision for me. For a yes or no to make my decision for me. Even worse I was leaving my life up to the hands of fate – or other people!
Well life doesn’t work like that. It’s up to you to take yourself where you want to go. And when you develop that clear roadmap of exactly what you want out of life, how your business will flourish, your health will skyrocket, your bank account will blossom and ……
Oh the places you shall go when you do!
Dr Seuss gives such wise advice:
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
Make sure to read the rest of the poem as it gets very interesting. What I love most about this poem is that he points out you’ll have times when you’re lonely. When you are in fact shit scared about walking down the road you’ve chosen. When you want to turn back but you’ll go on regardless.
That’s life, that’s all part of its rich tapestry. You’re not alone, other people are walking their own road right beside you. They too have these fears – am I good enough? Will I succeed? Am I making a huge mistake? Can I do this?
But here’s why you carry on:
You are off to great places.
Today is your day
Your mountain is waiting
So get on your way!
If you’ve never read the book then I advise you take less than 10 minutes to hear it read out loud – clear and simple by Naomi Dunford
Or watch this amazing rendition shot at Burning Man.
Share your favourite quote or book from Dr Seuss in the comments below!