We’re All Like Play-Doh, Shape Us!

We all need to remember that we all come from different walks of life. Each of us shaped by different circumstances interwoven together to make up the very fabric that defines who we are.

There are people who sacrifice it all to get to the top of their niche. Some are fulfilled, others question if it was worth it, and others still look for the next thing to conquer.

There are gifted people capable of doing remarkable things, but decide instead to raise families, have jobs they don’t mind so they can be off in time to see their daughter’s recital, and coach their son’s baseball team. This too, is remarkable.

There are people completely content wandering through life. Others not wandering at all, but spending everyday being a cog in the corporate wheel.

There are those that get so completely overwhelmed by their passion they randomly break out in tears, and others who yell, slam a fist into a desk and violently vomit bitter diatribes.

Some great leaders are unsuccessful sometimes. Some awful leaders get lucky sometimes.

Some people will never get the chip off their shoulder. Others don’t have the courage it takes to truly believe in something when nobody else does.

Some people get lucky enough to love their jobs, be tremendous family men, and change countless lives for the better.

There are others that aren’t sure what they want now, and plenty that will never know.

My Dad told me the other day, “Ryan, I’m 56 years old and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.”

That’s comforting. It’s also scary.

Some days I want to be a millionaire by the time I’m 35. Sometimes I want to do enough to support a family, and spend as much time as I can with my family and friends. Occasionally I want to find a small liberal arts school and teach online marketing, personal branding, etc. and coach their baseball team to 5 national titles.

The next time you encounter someone online (or anywhere) that rubs you wrong, try to remember that chances are it was a massive variety of experiences, encounters, etc. that shaped who they’ve become.

You don’t have to like them, but you don’t have to blatantly attack them either. Find the people that inspire you, empower you, share your passions, and then do your best to surround yourself with these people.

You will be happier, and they might help shape who you become.

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  • Thanks, Ryan. This is a very honest look at a conundrum that I think more of us encounter than we’d like to admit.

    I guess what you’re pointing to here is a person’s core values and priorities. What comes first – career, family, friends? There is no right or wrong answer in general – it comes down to what each person thinks is the right thing. And then acting accordingly is the true measure of one’s integrity.

    I look forward to discussing this further with you and hearing more of your perspective on the topic!

    Jason Sprenger


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  • Thanks Ryan.

    The advice that stuck with me the most was to make sure and enjoy the present, because anticipating too much about what’s to come and/or lamenting the loss of the past makes you miss the beauty of today. It may sound cheesy, but it’s relieved a lot of that pressure around ‘what do I want to be’. Also, when doors open, you are paying enough attention to see them as the opportunities they are. I try to enjoy every day for what it’s worth (whether focused on career, family or other).



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  • Wow Ryan I gotta say that was really deep. I also liked the title you put for this post being “were all like playdoh”. You are right at the end though… we shouldn’t attack people nor judge them, because we don’t know their past and how they got there.


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