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Build Your Own Ladder
Build Your Own Ladder

Build Your Own Ladder

“If you don’t like climbing that ladder, then you need to build your own and be on top of it. I’ve never wanted to spend my life trying to ‘climb the ladder’, be it professionally or socially. I have refused to live by others’ standards. If you pay attention, you’ll see that there are people out there who are successful in their own way, without thinking of how they rank or compare to others’ status, but instead of how happy and satisfied they are to do what they do, and be who they are. I am one of them. And I am highly successful in that regard. ‘Build your own ladder’ is a metaphor for designing your own path and measuring your success, status, satisfaction or achievement in relation to your own, personal standards or criteria, not conventional ones. Designing your own ladder is certainly more difficult than choosing to climb those built by others. And climbing your own ladder is also not necessarily easier. Because building your ladder demands vision, courage, creativity and commitment. And so demands to climb it. Building your own ladder and climbing it is not for slackers. And don’t even think that you can necessarily get on top of your own ladder simply because you’ve ‘built’ it yourself. Those who build their ladder usually set the bar high, or at least at a certain level that is high enough and sufficiently demanding to be worth doing it. Having your own ladder is also a way to test yourself, to test yourself, and how much you want to be who you’ve chosen to be, achieve what you’ve envisioned you will achieve. You will have to manage to elevate yourself to whatever level you expect, or demand from yourself. You see, I believe in ambition, because ambition is a powerful drive in life, which can be healthy and highly positive. Even the desire to be happy can be a form of ambition. Happiness, focusing on the conditions that make you happy, and especially the internal process that makes you happy, can be a form ladder. Being fit can be a ladder. Being a better person. The ladder can be a direction in your life, and a simple tool to assess where you stand at a certain time, if you have made progress, if you have evolved in anyway. ‘If you don’t like to climb that ladder, then you need to build your own and be on top of it.’ Stop climbing that ladder you hate so much. Climb back down, rest for a while, give yourself some time to reflect on who you are and what you do. Stop doing something you’re not, if it makes sense to you. Stop climbing that ladder because you ‘have to’ when you know it’s wrong and leads nowhere you want to be. Whatever you were told to do, whatever you were told is worth attention, whatever you were led to believe is your place, your role, your job or duty…while deep within yourself you know something else is attracting you, while deep within yourself you’re craving for something else, you’re dreaming of doing something else, being someone else, while deep within you KNOW you are not what you seem to be, pretend to be, and should not do what you are doing…you see, all this is finding yourself climbing the wrong ladder. But you are free to be free. I have found myself climbing the wrong ladder sometimes…not too long fortunately. Because I have learned to design mine. Not even just one, but several, intertwined ladders. Those ladders are beautiful all simply because they are entirely mine, designed by and for myself. Even better, I have design it in ways that can benefit others. I love that part. Stop envying those who are more free than you are my friend. Freedom cannot be bought, and you can be sure that those you live the life they’ve wanted have had to work hard on making it happen. My favorite ladder is freedom. My freedom ladder is closely related to my creativity ladder, which itself is intimately intertwined with my ‘connectedness-to-a-higher-Inelligence’ ladder. Because I refuse to be mono-dimensional. I refuse routines. I refuse to copy or follow. I refuse faking. I refuse obedience. I refuse resignation. I refuse self-limitations. I choose to design my life, consciously, creatively. I nurture who I have chosen to be, and what I have chosen to do. What a selfish approach you may think…well thanks for the compliment. Be selfish my friend. Because this is your life, and it might be the case that it’s the only one you’ll ever get to live. If you don’t like climbing that ladder, then you need to build your own and be on top of it. Your call.”  — Erwan Le Corre

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