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Inspiration can come from unexpected places.

Updated: Mar 22

Me and my daughter watching 'Cars'
Never Compare Yourself to Others!

During my early days as an artist, I used to measure my success against that of other artists my age. It was a constant source of anxiety for me to see that many had successful careers working for famous companies such as Marvel and DC Comics or as animators at Disney. Some of them even created original and successful Webtoons. As much as I tried, I couldn't help feeling inferior to them, and this thought kept nagging me all the time. Despite working tirelessly for hours, I wondered why I was less successful than they were.

I was grappling with an intense sense of hopelessness, fear, and anguish until one day while spending time with my beloved daughter, she insisted on watching 'Cars,' a movie that had never appealed to me. Despite my initial reluctance, I decided to give it a chance. As the movie approached its conclusion, I found myself riveted to the screen, and the ending left an indelible imprint on my mind and heart.

Towards the climax of the film Cars, the protagonist Lightning McQueen undergoes a profound transformation. Having worked hard to win the prestigious Piston Cup, a high-profile racing tournament reminiscent of NASCAR, McQueen experiences a change of heart. Instead of focusing solely on his victory, he chooses to help a fellow racer - a veteran involved in a crash. This act of selflessness causes him to lose the race, but McQueen is undeterred. When the veteran racer asks why he lost, he responds with the poignant words, "Who cares? It's just an empty ol' cup." He then pushes the veteran racer to the finish line, ending in third place. This act of sportsmanship and compassion marks a significant turning point in McQueen's journey, as he learns the value of putting others before himself.

Cars by Pixar
'Cars' copyright by Disney and Pixar

I had a profound realization as I watched a particular scene unfold before me. It dawned on me that the dream jobs I had been striving for were not meant for me. Despite my efforts to fit into a round hole as a square peg, I didn't belong there. It became clear that my destiny did not lie in becoming a celebrity artist in a society that prioritized social status over everything else. Instead, I came to understand that my path was unique and worth pursuing if it allowed me to help others grow and become winners.

I realized that my talents and skills were better suited to a different kind of work that would allow me to make a difference in other people's lives. I felt called to assist others in their personal and professional development and help them reach their full potential. This path would require hard work and dedication, but I knew that it was worth it.

As I reflect on that moment of clarity, I feel grateful for the insight it gave me. I know that I'm on the right path and that I'm making a difference in the world in my own small way. And while I may not be a celebrity artist, I'm content knowing that I'm doing meaningful and fulfilling work.

With steadfast resolve and a fervent passion, we can always move forward and pave the way toward a brighter future for our families and loved ones. This requires great determination, grit, and resilience in adversity. We must be willing to overcome obstacles and challenges that come our way, no matter how daunting they may seem. We must constantly seek new opportunities to grow, learn, and develop our skills. Whether through formal education, pursuing career advancement, or nurturing personal relationships, we must remain committed to our goals and keep sight of the positive impact we can make. By doing so, we can create a legacy of success and fulfillment that will be remembered for generations.

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