You Have the Power

  • October 12, 2011 by Corbett Barr
  • 16 Comments

It’s easy to give other people power.

It’s easy to let them define you, to let them take leadership roles and say what’s what and create the rules that you live by.

It’s incredibly difficult to realize that the power you seek exists within yourself. No one needs to give you permission.

You have the power.

You have the power to create your own qualifications.

You have the power to be competent, inspiring, passionate, obsessed, provocative, impatient, hungry, driven, adoring, inspired, an artist, a genius or someone who cares.

You have the power to lose weight and get fit

You have the power to get out of debt.

You have the power to learn new habits and kill bad ones.

You have the power to smile and be happy.

You have the power to find your passion and do something with it.

You have the power to become an expert on any subject you wish.

You have the power to live by any manifesto you like, or create your own.

You have the power to be your best self.

You have the power. Now what are you going to do with it?

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Sarah Russell October 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

Go to Disney World!!!

More seriously, I’m dealing with a frustrating, manipulative co-worker right now who has been driving me batsh*t crazy for months. She’s going to be in my office today, which I’ve been dreading, but I’m going to try to remember that only I have the power to let her inside my head and get me upset.

Thanks so much for the reminder :)

Amy October 12, 2011 at 7:51 am

Simple, but deeply meaningful.

So many people get lost in their excuses. It’s almost like they want to hold on to them because they are worried that they themselves are not enough to reach their full potential. Their excuses give them a source outside themselves to blame. But if we can get rid of those excuses and push to a higher level, we’ll be able to grow and succeed so much more than if we say forever that we never tried because of one excuse or another.

This message is going to fuel my run today. Thanks for a great post, Corbett!

Matt October 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

This reminds me of Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the Great Dictator…

You the people have the power
The power to create machine, the power to create happiness
You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful
To make this life a wonderful adventure

Tom Ewer October 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

Damn straight Corbett. You can either look at the huge achievements of certain people and feel inferior, or you can tell yourself that they’re only human, like you, and you’re capable of anything.

Maria October 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Simply true! I was always wondering…Why is “not having power” our default response instead of it being the other way around?

Think about it…Since we have the power, when considering a new venture we should think we can probably tackle it, and consider how to get there.

Contrary, we think that we can’t do it and want to shy away from it. At least this is a common FIRST response. Sometimes we change our minds as our SECOND response.

Is this DEFAULT FIRST response because of our primate fear instincts?

Casey McCann October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Yes. Thank you for saying this!

Really looking forward to expertenough.com – sounds like a great concept. That’s one I’m really having trouble with. I have to push myself to present myself as an expert – it’s like I’m waiting for permission. Thanks for reminding me that I don’t need it.

Corbett October 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Awesome Casey, we’re really looking forward to the launch too!

Terry Sprouse October 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Great article.

When we define who we are, without listening to the small minded people who only see our limitations, then we can really start to fly.

Stewart October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

I couldn’t agree more. Don’t try to put your little box over my big ideas!

MD October 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I often remind myself that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. We just all choose to use this time differently.

Taking the Hustle Project has given me the power to launch my first ever product. I’m excited for the end of this month.

Conni October 14, 2011 at 2:09 am

Cheers, man. I like the minimalist hammering approach to opening people’s eyes. Bare bone blogpost, no clutter, but highly effective.

There is so much power in everyone of us, we just have to go out there and activate it. Press that button!

Carlos October 17, 2011 at 5:52 am

Awesome links Corbett. Thanks!

Armand Polanski October 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

This is just an amazing display of a post that requires minimal words but has a lot to say.

i just think the reason why most of us rely on others to give us power it’s because that is how we are trained in school and the employment world. We just got used to being bossed around and just following orders to other people that’s why we think we don’t have power over our life and career.

Thank you again for that amazing blog post.

Armand Polanski

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