There’s a scene in the 1991 movie “Hook,” a Peter Pan sequel story, about Peter Pan leaving Neverland to grow up and live in modern society. In the movie Peter ends up joining the corporate world, has a family and assimilates to the society of which most us are familiar. Peter becomes consumed in business and the responsibilities of raising a family and making a living that he forgets the care-free person he was when he was younger - when he was full of child-like wonder and amazement.
Well, the plot of the story is that Peter’s children are kidnapped by Captain Hook and Peter has to return to Neverland to save them. In Neverland, The Lost Boys don’t recognize the grown up Peter and question that it’s really him. However, one of the littlest Lost Boys takes the time to really examine Peter (it’s a powerful scene). After the little Lost Boy’s careful examination he says, “there you are,” as if to announce that he sees through the facade and has discovered where the child-like Peter exists in this grown man.
I describe this scene because I’m Peter. You may be Peter too – consumed by daily life and the responsibilities of bills, making a living and raising a family. Sometimes we forget who we are, what excites us and truly makes us happy and alive.
Too often I think our society pressures us into feeling like the child-like wonderment we once possessed can no longer exist as we grow up, but I’ve been discovering for myself that the more I find ways to be more child-like in my daily activities and in my business I’m living and working from a place of authenticity that resonates with who I truly am, who I want to be and how I want to approach my business and life. It’s not always easy, but it’s a completely liberating feeling when I have small successes that are in line with that idea.
The reality is we all have the various responsibilities that life brings, but for many of us, you included, your passion and that child-like curiosity is often the exact reason why you chose to start a business or pursue your creative endeavors. If you lose that feeling, what you do for a living just becomes a job. That job will then chip away at who truly are – fostering bitterness and resentment, which will invade the other relationships in your life.
This is why balance becomes so important. As a mere fact of living in the society we do, is that it’s nearly impossibly to avoid the responsibilities life brings, but how you approach those responsibilities with balance and authenticity is what will set you apart, inviting a different level of success that is all too uncommon in business today.
Posted By: Nick Venturella