Here is the full text of author Jim Cathcart’s talk: How to Believe in Yourself at TEDxDelrayBeach conference.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here: How to believe in yourself by Jim Cathcart at TEDxDelrayBeach
Somewhere deep inside, you know what kind of person you were designed to be. If you want to produce great acorns, think like an oak, not like an acorn. Think like the person you intend to become, like the Christian question what would Jesus do? Ask yourself how would the person I’d like to be, do the things I am about to do.
The acorn has three parts: it’s got a stem, a cap, and a seed. And the stem represents its connection to the pass, all the acorns and all the oaks that have ever existed in its line before are encoded in that, transferred through that stem, the legacy into this acorn. The cap holds on to the seed, until the seed is ready to grow on its own, so the cap represents your coaches, your mentors, your role models, your guides, your parents, your friends, your teachers. And when you’re ready to grow on your own, the seed of that acorn holds not only your potential but the potential of every future generation of acorns that will spring from that line.
So let me ask you a question. What kind of seed is in you? See, I believe part of our responsibility in life is to find out who we are, to discover ourselves. First off, we need to respect our nature. We need to realize we are part of a continuing chain that carries a legacy and a responsibility. And if that’s the case, then we need to recognize that we were not biological coincidences. I believe there is a creator, and I believe you were intentionally created for a myriad of purposes. There are many things we can do with our lives, and I think it’s our job to find out what those things are and to do them as well as we possibly can. So that we’re passing along the right imprint for the next generation. And that’s just simply my life philosophy, that’s the way I look at it. So first, we need to respect our nature.