In a recent Esquire interview, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais offered this simple gem:
“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening—everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.’”
To create is human. It is in our divine DNA to build and explore and to push the limits of our world and our imaginations.
But too many of us, myself included sometimes, abdicate this responsibility—and I mean responsibility—to others. We kick back and sit idly by, watching and waiting for someone else to pick up and run with the ball. Or else we allow self-doubt to creep in and take up residence in our soul.
It is our God-given duty to share our gifts with the world. And we sell ourselves short when we second-guess our ability to contribute.
The world NEEDS what you have inside you. Let it out. Create something. Anything.
I just wrote this post. I did that.