Limiting Beliefs Are Killing Your Career

👋 Today I bring you a follow up story to the Get Off Your Buts activity to leave you with some inspiration.

Meet Darius (Duh-Rye-Us)

👆Darius in Death Valley National Park.

Darius grew up visiting Big Bend National Park where his dad served as a ranger. This instilled an appreciation for the grandeur that our public lands have to offer.

As an adult, visiting all the national parks became a bucket list goal — until Darius made a realization.

If he visited one, even two, parks a year, he would finish sometime in his 70s!

So Darius made a bold move to embark on a journey to visit all 59 parks in 59 weeks as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (2016).

It was no easy goal; financially, logistically, physically. But study after study finds that at the end of our lives, we regret most the things we did not do.

When I share this story to live audiences, something strange happens. Even the most inspired listeners fall into a mind-trap.

  • Sure, no kids, no responsibilities. Some day you have to get a real job.

  • Must be nice to have a trust fund.

  • We can’t all just quit our jobs and do what we want.

These same comments surfaced whenever Darius was covered in the press.

Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying anyone can do what Darius did. Your situation and goals differ.

The key message is about how quickly we make judgements about our abilities, interactions with people, the world, and how it works.

These assumptions and negative narratives are called limiting beliefs. What’s worse is these beliefs create a reinforcing feedback loop.

We psychologically limit our potential before we ever begin.

Here’s The Truth.

→ Darius has no trust fund.

→ After college, he was an elementary school teacher in South Dakota where he made less than $30,000 a year.

→ He didn’t abruptly quit his job for the adventure of a lifetime. It took nearly two working full-time (in a suit!) pinching pennies to prepare for the trip.

→ He leveraged crowdfunding. Supporters received post-cards and even joined Darius for portions of his journey.

→ He reached out to brands during the trip and a few responded with support.

Darius depleted most of his savings at the completion of his travels. At age 30, he moved in with his parents while preparing for his next unknown employment. How many of us are willing to make that move?

Bold Moves Create Serendipity.

Darius is now invited, and paid, to speak about his inspiring trip spreading the love of our national parks, and the reality of making his dream possible.

After discovering his 360-degree park photos received millions of views, Darius was inspired to create interactive lessons to bring the love of national parks into schools (recall that Darius was previously a teacher). This new project earned him acceptance into a startup accelerator.

And let’s not forget he was invited by Subaru to film a “spread the love” commercial in support of the national parks.

Let Go Of Limiting Beliefs.

When you prime your mind to see what’s possible (rather than limits), you strengthen your ability to imagine new paths and recognize opportunities to match your ambitions.

Reframing limiting beliefs makes you a better problem solver. You invite serendipity and you find more satisfaction in each day.