“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - Alexandra K. Trenfor
The Rorschach Test is a projective psychological test developed in 1921 to measure thought disorder.
I just took one online. It was a little bit weird because, even though I'm not psychotic, (OR MAYBE I AM! 🤡) I felt the slightest amount of pressure to agree with the multiple choice answers provided.
And for that secondary option, besides the obviously violence biased ones like, "a crushed spine" or "a bloody part of my body" ... I wanted to know of what I say was the most common thing people saw or where it landed on that spectrum.
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus
There are all sorts of pressures at work to keep you where you are.
There are societal & cultural pressures which are the easiest (even if not always easy) to overcome. Yet, they hold back a vast majority of the population.
Then there are the closer, friend & familial pressures, which in certain cultures, can be extremely pronounced and restricting. These pressures hold back those who don't care about society's opinion, but care deeply for those of their friends or family (parents in particular).
Lastly, there is our own, self-imposed pressure. The inner-critic, the pessimist, our projected ego. This can be the strongest and most detrimental pressure of them all. It's the same one that causes people to take their own lives, and sometimes the lives of others.
HOWEVER, all of these pressures feed off two things: one bio-chemical and one metaphysical; which may be why they’re so hard to understand and control.
"But I hope you’ll remember, during those times of doubt and frustration, that there is nothing naïve about your impulse to change the world. Because all it takes is one act of service — one blow against injustice — to send forth what Robert Kennedy called that tiny ripple of hope. That’s what changes the world. That one act." - Barack Obama
Regardless of political views, this advice can resonate with anyone thinking about taking on the entrepreneurial journey.
If you're passionate. If you have something to say. If you have something you need to do.
Stop hesitating and go do it.
People who take this kind of action end up either where they wanted to be or somewhere closer.
The opposite means stagnation.
Ask yourself the tough question: "Do I want to be at this level for the rest of my life?". If not, take that one act. Create that tiny ripple of hope. And change the world. 🌎👁