It’s fair to say that Lewis Howes has led a varied life.
Based in the United States, he’s a former professional American football player and current member of the US National handball team.
But most people outside the United States recognise him for his work as a speaker and lifestyle entrepreneur. He’s also a bestselling author. His books, Mask of Masculinity and The School of Greatness are both New York Times bestsellers.
And he has some valuable advice that he would share to his younger self, if he could.
The Chance Encounter
It all started at a coffee shop in New York. While there, Howes happened upon an older Italian woman with a small dog. Ever the sucker for canines, he went over and introduced himself.
After a little bit of a conversation, he asked the woman a question:
“I’m about to turn 30 years old, and if you could go back and talk to your 30 year old self what advice would you give?”
The answer the woman gave him changed his perspective on life:
“Don’t worry so much. We try to create drama from nothing so often, but the things we think are major issues always pass, and we forget about them usually within a few months at most.”
If Howes were to talk to his younger self, this is exactly the advice he’d give.
When you worry too much, you create fear in your own mind. And it’s this very fear that could prevent you from achieving great things.
My personal antidote to fear and uncertainty is simple. Know where I am going and take action.
Ask yourself, each day ‘What’s the #1 thing I can do today to move me towards my highest goal’….
Then go and do it.
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