How to Think like a Child and Be Successful as an Adult

My drawing of Carl Fredricksen from Up (2009 film).
My drawing of Carl Fredricksen from Up (2009 film).

There’s a saying I came across once, but never forgot — “you get to be a child once, but you can be childish forever”.

How many of you saw the Disney/Pixar animated film Up? The plot follows a retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, 78-years-young, who dusts off an old childhood dream he once shared with his now deceased wife (Ellie) to explore a specific scenic vista in South America. Carl sets off on his adventure in a floating house attached to close to 20,000 balloons (give or take a few)!

I sometimes forget how much I wanted to go work for Disney Studios and become an animator and voice-over.

I sometimes forget how great it felt to sit down quietly and spend hours sketching, drawing, colouring and inking cartoon characters like the one I did above.

When we’re kids we seem so fearless. We conjured up the biggest dreams with our wild and overly-active imaginations. Where does it all go when we hit adulthood? Such a mystery.

These last few months I’ve taken time to try and get back to my roots. I was drawing once I could actually hold a pencil properly (age 3) and nearly 29 years later I still have that love affair.

No matter how advance technology gets with software such as Adobe Illustrator, there’s no substitution for the basics. Evolution is important in self-development, but not at the cost of losing the original model; yourself as a child.

Spend some time reflecting on what drove you as a child and try to bring that ambition into your current space. There’s absolutely any we can’t dream big! After all, the only one who can tell you what you can and cannot accomplish, is yourself.

You Are as Strong as You Tell Your Mind

Every day we are faced with challenges and hurdles that we can either go over or have them stop us in our tracks. It is in those moments we question our own mental and physical strength. Just how strong are we?

Have you ever seen metal forged into a samurai sword (a katana for instance)? I’m guessing not a lot of hands went up and as you’d have guessed neither did mine. But, it has been said in the Japanese culture that the samurai’s sword was his soul. Many claim that an authentic katana is folded over 1,000,000 times to create steel of the highest quality. Keep that in mind as you continue to read this post.

After watching the journey of people around me (family, friends and colleagues) and personalities in the media that you see, hear or read about almost daily, like Sir Richard Branson, an important revelation has come my way. In order to get where you need to be (especially as an entrepreneur), you have to be put through a series of tests (or be folded over a million times) to see if you are ready to receive your blessing; your destiny; that which is rightfully yours.

You are not as strong as you think you are. Let me put that another way; you are not as strong as you need to be just yet. By this I mean to be the best that you can be, you have to be at your very best and strongest.

Sometimes we put so much effort into getting where we envision our start-up businesses, professions, whatever the ambition and it feels like our best isn’t nearly enough to get us to our desired destination. That’s simply because we’re not as strong or as great as we can be.

When we discover our inner-strength and greatness, all that we wished to accomplish will suddenly start to fall into place. Don’t be overwhelmed and don’t fear your success. We both know that at this point, you’d have worked hard for it and everything that comes your way going forward would have been well-deserved.

Hold on to your dreams and aspirations with all your might. You’re very close to being the best you that you were meant to be.