Think Big and Big Things Will Happen for You

I’m big on motivational quotes.  I send a daily quote to members of my career mentoring site.  There is a quote by Marianne Williamson that I’ve always liked…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’  Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.”

I thought of this quote when I read the following article by my CareerHMO colleagues, Dan Redler.

Dan suggests that you think big — or as Marianne Williamson would say, “playing small does not serve world”, nor does it serve you for that matter.  And that’s Dan’s point.

I suffered from thinking small in the early part of my career.  My parents loved me, but they raised me to think small.  “Get a job with a good company, do your work, keep your head down, don’t make waves, and you’ll be able to retire some day.”  I believed this.  After all, I was the son of a steel worker and a supermarket cashier, who was I to think that I could do big things.

I remember the day I was accepted into a Doctoral program at Harvard.  I called home with the news.  My mother said, “Oh no, are you sure you want to do this?  Those are really smart people.”  That wasn’t the kind of encouragement that I hoped for.  When I decided to leave my corporate job to start my consulting, coaching and speaking business I got much the same reaction.

I learned to ignore my parents — and other naysayers — on career matters, and I’m better forward.  Today, I’m Dr. Bilanich, although I never use the honorific unless I’m trying to get a reservation at a hot restaurant.  I have built a million dollar consulting, coaching and speaking business.  I was able to accomplish these things because I wasn’t afraid to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous.  Truth be told, I’m not that gorgeous — but I am brilliant, talented and fabulous. 🙂

You can accomplish big things too — but you have to begin by believing you can.  So go back and reread Dan’s article.  More important, put the common sense advice in it to work in your life and career.

Your career mentor,


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  1. Dr Bilanich – On behalf of all of us that fear the responsibilities that come with being “brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous” – Thanks for this post! and – on behalf of me – many thanks for the reference.. Dan

  2. My pleasure Dan. Keep thinking big and being brilliant, handsome, talented and fabulous — just like the rest of our CareerHMO colleagues.
    All the best,

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