Friday, October 02, 2009


A star is formed from cold, dark clouds made of dust and gas. The reason for the cold is so that the particles that form the star can move slowly enough to allow gravity to overcome internal pressure where clumps of matter can form. This creates a protostar, or a star in its embryonic stage, and has the ability to glow, but it isn’t until more mass and density accrue that the protostar gains enough heat to become a star. This process takes millions of years to come to fruition.

Hopefully this sounds familiar to all of us because it is the exact process of excellence. We start off our lives in a dark cloud; we don’t know what our plan is or how it will unfold, yet we take in our surroundings and form our identity. The younger we are the slower the world around us moves so that we can take in as much information as possible. As we age, the speed at which time passes increases substantially and we are asked to obtain more information in shorter amounts of time. Essentially our protostar is childhood.

As we reach adulthood we have the ability to shine, but are merely a fraction of our potential. As we accrue more mass and density, or opportunity and knowledge, we begin to generate heat (passion) for our lives and begin to choose the path for our destiny. When our ability to create opportunity and knowledge catch up with our passion we finally generate the heat necessary to excel in life.

Without passion, knowledge, and opportunity we never develop past our childhood routine slowly following our old habits towards mediocrity. In never gathering innovation from our surroundings we stunt our growth and deny our potential to ever become anything more than potential. Through understanding our surroundings and feeding off of the situations we observe, we then create our identity and begin to not only live up to our potential, but create new levels of potential as we continue to grow.

Like us, stars have a life span that ranges in years. The larger stars go through a variety of changes and eventually explode into a supernova, sometimes producing a black hole. The smaller stars slowly cool and die usually becoming cold and dark dwarf stars. Once again we mirror our outer space metaphorical counterparts. The more we allow ourselves to excel, the greater impact on the world we have, the greater legacy we leave behind. When we choose to become mediocre we slowly wither away, never leaving anything worthy of our birthright potential for others to follow.

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