We have been inspired throughout the years by many thought leaders such as Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, the late and great Dr. Wayne Dyer and many others but let's not forget that many of life's lessons have come from entertainers as well. Jim Carrey recently had a wonderful speech that went totally viral and John Lennon had a few lessons for us too.
Whether or not you even listened to or liked The Beatles, or John Lennon for that matter, doesn't really play any part in this. It doesn't really matter that John was either high, drunk or sober when he was quoted, the most important thing is that his words meant something and were quite powerful.
Love is beautiful and love makes the world go round. Hate makes the world an angry and mad place full of violence and death. If you have to choose between love and hate, always choose love. Sometimes it's hard to choose love especially when you've been wronged. Choose love anyway. It feels better and it's really all you need.
2. Be who you are.
We spend too much time trying to impress others and try to conform to their expectations. Always trying too hard to impress by putting on a faÃ§ade. What's wrong with who you are, truly. The real you. You can't play the part of someone else your whole life. Really just be you.
3. Materialism is overrated
Always trying to keep up with the Jones'. Wanting the next upgrade, the bigger TV, the nicer house, the designer shoes. All for what? Is all that consumerism important in a world where millions are starving and dying of malnutrition? Why does it matter how big your house is and who cares anyway?
4. You can free yourself from fear.
Hard to do but certainly not impossible. Fear is a made up emotion. It is anxiety filled with limiting beliefs of what we think we can't achieve. As soon as you free yourself from this fear, you will be able to achieve so much more in your life and experience ridiculous joy.
5. If we want peace, we can have it now.
Peace isn't something you buy at a store. It's not a present or a package that gets delivered to your door. Peace starts somewhere with someone and it can certainly begin with you. If you want peace, then be peace, share it, be it, live it and spread it. It all starts with you.
6. Don't let other people dictate your choices.
It's your life. Period. Don't let someone else tell you what to do, when to do it and how to do it. They are not living your life, you are. Stop giving away your personal power. Too many people, sadly, are confined to rules and laws set down by family and culture. This is the only life you are going to have. Live it the way you want.
7. Don't be ashamed to dream.
The world needs more dreamers. Dreamers, doers and believers. If you have a dream, you can see it in your mind, you can feel it, then you should do whatever you can to bring it to life. Steve Jobs was a dreamer, Mark Zuckerberg is a dreamer, and Oprah Winfrey is a dreamer. If you can dream it, you can have it.
8. Tell the truth.
Not everyone is going to like it but they will like it less if you lie. The truth does hurt depending on what the truth is, but lies are even worse. You will carry the reputation of being called a liar for the rest of your life. I'd rather be called an honest person and be respected than be called a liar and have no friends or respect.
Simple life lessons from a great musician. Simple lessons that apply to everybody, every day. The messages throughout John's lessons are all in one. Be love, be in peace and enjoy life. Are you living this way now?