2. Don’t avoid risks cause you’re afraid to fail
The fear of failure inside our minds is often greater than the actual probability of failure in reality. We avoid taking risks in the short term so that we don’t have to experience pain and suffering. However, when you look at the long-term gains, you will realize that taking risks and being courageous usually pay off.
Mufasa: “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”
Face your fears. What is the worst thing that can happen right now? Why are you so worried about the worst-case scenario? Why do you believe you can’t overcome what comes your way? Why do you even think that you will fail?
Think about what this can mean 5 years from now. Life is not about just paying bills. Stop worrying. Hakuna Matata. Simba took the risk of failing when he went back to Pride Rock and faced Scar. We all know what happened. He became the rightful king. Go ahead and claim your throne.
3. Your self-worth depends on your own opinions, not others’
Mufasa: “Remember who you are.”
Simba lost all his confidence due the tragic events in his childhood. Scar broke Simba’s confidence. He stopped believing in himself. You will find bullies like Scar everywhere you go, be it your social or professional group. But when you start believing all the negativity they throw at you, that’s when the real problem begins.
Understand this. Your self-worth does not and never will depend on what others think about you. They are not you. They have not lived your life. They have not fought your battles.
Your importance in this world will not diminish simply because someone thinks any less of you, irrespective of how close that person is to you. Ignore these bullies and tell yourself Hakuna Matata. As long as you are proud of yourself and take all the responsibilities you need to, you’re okay. This is what Hakuna Matata really means.
4. Nothing worth having comes easy
If it was easy, everyone would do it. But they don’t. This is what separates the average from the great. Today, the entire idea of instant gratification is one of the biggest evils in our society. We want to have it all and we want it NOW. But we never ask ourselves what have we done to deserve this? Have we earned it?
Simba had the birthright to become the next great king of Pride Rock until things went haywire. This is how it is in real life too. Simba had to fight, not only to claim his position as the king, but he had to fight to survive.
So start by having patience. It will come to you when it’s the right time. Worrying about it will not make the process any faster or easier. You need to stay focused and keep striving for what you want. Instead of wasting your time worrying and stressing about when you will get what you deserve, pursue your dreams with even more determination. Work harder. Grind longer.
When you shift your mindset and focus on the long term effects, you will start living a lot happier and worrying a lot less. Just look at Timon and Pumbaa. They do what they need to do and then they chill out. And everything worked out just fine for them.
5. Never say never
Zira: “If you will not fight, then you will die as well.”
I am a firm believer of never giving up. I have based my entire life on this sole belief. And although I have failed a significant number of times in life, I am a happy and satisfied man. Just like Simba. He could have easily given up. He could have lived in his fantasies with a distorted belief of Hakuna Matata. But he didn’t give up. Simba fought for his family, for himself and for his father.