When I talk of playing BIG in life the tendency is to think that I am talk about doing-achieving. You know the kind of doing-achieving of say Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Put differently, playing BIG can be, often is, interpreted in terms of achievement. Why? Simply because this what matters in the Anglo-Saxon world.
There is an alternative way to think about playing BIG. What alternative? Being-doing. What am I pointing at here? I mean the way you/i show up and travel in life. Is this still vague? Sure it is as we are not used to thinking this way. So I invite you to listen to the following:
To each, the dignity that befits him. Not everyone is a king, but your deeds should be worthy of one, within the limits of your class and condition. A regal way of doing things. Sublimity of action, a lofty mind. You should resemble a king in merit, if not in reality, for true sovereignty lies in integrity. You won’t envy greatness if you yourself can be a norm of greatness. Especially those who are near the throne should acquire something of true superiority. They should share the moral gifts of majesty rather than pomp, and aspire to things lofty and substantial rather than imperfect vanity.
— The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián
I dedicate this conversation to my friend Richard Hornby. For me he is and continues to be living example of human dignity embodied and in action.
I thank you for listening to my speaking. And invite you to play BIG in how you show up and travel in this life: resemble a king in merit, aspire to things lofty and substantial, be a norm of greatness in you way of being…