It never fails.
Amongst the rockets, satellites and untold amounts of eye-opening facts and interactive exercises found at the National Space Centre, there’s one that always blows my mind.
A metre above your head is a camera. It takes a picture of you. You then watch a video simulation taking you up from the point you’re standing to the furthest known point in the universe, each stage by “10 to the power of “x”.
By the time you’re at 10 to the power of 25, you’re at the furthest known point in the universe. It’s very likely to be nowhere near the furthest known point, only as far as we’re able to observe, but just to give you some idea of the magnitude…
it would take 11 billion light years to get to Earth from that point.
Bugger me (for the record, that’s a statement not an invite).
When you consider the mere nano second it takes light to illuminate a room once you’ve flicked the switch, the sheer expanse of the universe is hard to comprehend.
To put into further context, our solar system is a pin prick of light in a myriad of others within our galaxy, the Milky Way. Light takes 100,000 years to travel across it. And yet the Milky Way becomes completely indistinguishable, like a distant grain of sand in the Sahara, when viewed from several stages before you get to the furthest known point.
The sheer scale is utterly mind boggling.
As I was taking all of this in again the last time I was there, I was reminded of one of the most insightful pieces of wisdom I’ve heard – one that relates directly to the challenge facing every entrepreneur, and one relating directly to your greater success.
You see, when you comprehend the enormity of the universe, it can make you feel pretty insignificant. And yet what determines insignificance is not the magnitude of what surrounds you, but the magnitude of what’s within you.
If you fail to maximise on the untapped talents, capabilities and potential within you, then you will live as if insignificant.
I shouldn’t have to remind you (but I will anyway) that your business cannot outgrow the quality of thinking you bring to it. And the quality of your personal life can’t either.
Like it or not, accept it or not, YOU are the creator of your experience.
Which brings me back to that insightful piece of wisdom. It came from Jean de La Fontaine:
“He who knows the universe and does not know himself, knows nothing.”
The message wasn’t new. De La Fontaine borrows heavily from Christ’s “He who knows the all, but fails to know himself, misses everything.”
Funny how a message can be repeated across a millennia by some of the most influential people of the ages and still it’s rarely heard. That’s utterly mind boggling too.
Here’s something else to ponder.
Unless you recognise yourself as the cause of your effects and your recognition is demonstrable through action not just words, make no mistake – you’re playing at it.
And I can categorically promise you this; your results will reflect it.
As James Allen accurately observed, “Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kind.”
Enjoy your day.
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here