… trying to be like everyone else.
Trying to fit in, being seen as successful
– according to other people’s opinions of success!
Advertising and the media hypnotize us into wanting to look like others, do what others are doing, be like others.
You are unique – celebrate your uniqueness.
Keep it that way. Don’t become beige.
One trap is we consider other people’s ideas, stories and achievements noteworthy, but not ours.
This is part 6 of a 7-part series: Things Happy People Do.
Happy People Create in Their Own Unique Way
People especially love to hear about others facing and overcoming adversity.
And who hasn’t overcome adversity – we all have, and our stories are all unique.
To be honest, for me it’s a relief to know our personal stories are an ideal way of illustrating a point, because it means I don’t have to go far to get one.
And remember truth is stranger than fiction!
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again.
And what do we teach our children?
We teach then that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel. You are unique.
In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”
I urge you to read (aloud) the above quote. Don’t just skim it.
At heart we are all still children, each with a fabulous future ahead of us.
If you want it. If you allow it.
You Have Something Unique to Create
Just as your past is unique, you have something unique to create in your future too. This time you’ll do it with intention. I’m ready and waiting to see your product, service or hear your story. There are infinite ways in which you can be creative. Let go of the mind-set that only an artist or a dancer is creative. If you are passionate about something it’s highly likely you already have your audience ready and waiting.
“The happy people are those who are producing something.”
William Ralph Inge (British Professor of Divinity 1860 – 1954)
When you are creative you create new experiences for yourself. Your soul thrives on new experiences. New experiences are a vital key to happiness. Embrace the 7 keys of this blog series and you’ll start getting a sense of your real worth. Your own unique natural creativity will start to effortlessly wash over you.
Another New Unique Opportunity For Me
While shopping and walking my 18 month old son in his stroller, a book caught my eye.
At that point I’d never heard of Robert Kiyosaki, yet his book “Retire Young, Retire Rich” grabbed my attention.
A great title don’t you think? I bought it.
On reading it I was thrust onto a new and exciting path in life.
I became a successful real estate investor. That’s all it took!
As a stay-at-home mother, I was a little bored and struggling to find a solution. Returning to work was not an option for me – all I could imagine was increased stress levels.
Looking back I sense I didn’t want to return to the IT field, and wonder now if I had done so, would I have become too busy for all my other endeavors, including writing my book “How to Get Anything You Want – Just Like That!”.
Because of “Retire Young, Retire Rich” the idea instantly ignited me and I devoured the book.
As I said in key # 3 Put Yourself First, if you feel entitled to put yourself first, opportunities will arise for you to do so.
Real estate investment is an ideal occupation for a SAHM. Robert Kiyosaki gave me all the motivation and reasons that I could do it.
And I did.
Creating is Fun
Within a year I had traveled interstate to attend a Robert Kiyosaki seminar and I’d bought 2 properties.
My result was an excellent profit upon selling these a few years later.
And it was a lot of fun. I researched in my “spare” time and eventually decided to buy in interstate.
This meant I had to travel and it gave me an opportunity for that all important “me time” and I was being productive.
Not that you must be productive during “me time”, no no no!
Your creativity urges are unique to you. You might think real estate is boring – for me it was exciting.
At the time my real estate adventure ticked all the boxes of “what happy people do”:
How Did My Adventure Tick All the Boxes?
1. I had an OPEN MIND and discovered I could safely be a real estate investor using none of my money (termed “nothing down”). Something I’d never heard of before. Always approach this carefully – especially after the 2008 GFC!
2. I added to my KNOWLEDGE. Robert Kiyosaki’s methods were my motivation but didn’t quite give me enough of a recipe, so I sought more knowledge.
I discovered Jan Somers’ books and attended her seminar where I also managed to talk with her personally. This education helped me become a savvy investor, an important point.
Don’t embark on this type of endeavor without education!
3. I put MYSELF FIRST; I did what was right for me, despite concerns and grumbles from my husband, and that my youngest child was only 18 months old (and no family to help us). I followed what became a passion. We all benefited.
4. I APPROVED of MYSELF by believing in my ability to achieve success in this endeavor and didn’t wait for support from my husband to move forward with it.
My mathematical and negotiating skills needed work but I still stepped forward.
There is always someone who will appear to help you.
Not only did I meet fabulous estate agents with integrity, who genuinely helped me and even became friends, but I also discovered an experienced investor in our playgroup – one of the Dads.
He was keen to help and we became colleagues. We spent hours on the phone – me in my interstate hotel – going through contracts.
But note I did whatever I could to get educated before jumping in – I say just avoid getting stuck in never-ending “getting ready”– there’s a point where you just make the leap.
5. I TOOK ACTION on my knowledge. I actually did it; I bought investment properties. This involved a lot of leg work regarding bank loans, calculations etc but again the ideal people emerged to help me. Bank loans etc are all part of taking action – and added again to my knowledge.
6. I was BEING CREATIVE by going into the unknown. I was being productive and creating a new experience. I loved every moment.
7. I was GRATEFUL (see Happy Key #7). The assistance I’d got from the estate agents had been superb.
So good that before I left the town I went to all five of their offices around town and personally thanked them for their help. Being thanked blew them away – no-one had ever thanked them before.
To say I got rewarded by choosing all the above is an understatement.
My life transformed – I was at home with my children, but I was now also fulfilled, inspired and interacting with other adults. I had balance. I loved what I was doing. I was happy.
How Do You Start Being Creative?
To get your feet a little wet, try painting your bedroom a new color. Okay that’s a little tame but it still counts. Do more if you wish 😉 But make a start. Then keep going forward. Anything new to you is creative.
Once you start being creative, your happiness will soar. For now you’ll have to take my word for it – once you’ve experienced it for yourself, I’d love to hear about it.
Then embrace the next key: Gratitude.
What Are Readers Saying About the book “How to Get Anything You Want – Just Like That!”
I have to admit that it is incredibly refreshing to get my hands on a book that I truly feel might be the only self help book that anyone could ever possibly need.
“Just Like That!” is written in an empowering and motivating way. Instead of feeling tired after reading some incredibly thought-provoking material, I felt inspired to get started with working towards making my life even more extraordinary.”
— Paige Lovitt of Reader Views
Self-help ancient wisdom in today’s language sounds very convincing, at least, the way Janet Poole portrays it. Here is a fresh angle on familiar motivational material that will spur you to turn your dreams into reality.
While the focus of such books hardly varies, the divergence comes through the composition and perspective from which the information is presented. To that end Just Like That! avoids the use of jargon and clichés and is written in an appealing, practical tone. “
–Rama Gaind of Public Service News Australia
One of her key points is finding out what this life really is. We have to reach into ourselves and decide what we want, not what society thinks we should want. This is a major issue for many people.
An interesting aspect of this book is that Janet Poole touches on Quantum Physics, and how it relates to our unique beings. I am not good at science, and never have been. However, I can understand the way she explains it.
I also enjoyed the motivational quotes scattered throughout the book, they are nice pick me ups. I will be putting them on post-it notes and scattering them throughout my house.”
– Cari of Nighlon.com
Happy Key #1 – Have an open mind – new ways of thinking are exciting
Happy Key #2 – See learning as fun – keep learning about what you love
Happy Key #3 – Put yourself first – follow your passion
Happy Key #4 – Approve of yourself for who you are now
Happy Key #5 – Take action on your knowledge
Happy Key #6 – Be creative in your own unique way
Happy Key #7 – Be grateful for what you already have
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