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Hello. My name is Jonathan, and I want to welcome you to In the Limelight.
Someone once told me that I had a problem with authority. At first I was offended, but the more I thought about it, the more I had to admit it was true.
I do have a problem with authority. I think you should too.
I have always had a problem with being told what to do. It’s not because I’m disagreeable, I’m really a pretty easy going guy.
It’s because so often what people tell us to do is really stupid and doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and yet it’s often accepted by the masses.
We live in a world full of people that love to tell us about all of the things we can’t do, and all of the things we should do.
I say we all need to ask these people “why”?
Then, think about what you really want and ask, “why not?”
And choose to live your life In the Limelight. Live your life as an expression of who you really are. Stop viewing it as a passive experience, recognize that it is in fact something you create.
Your life is your ultimate performance. Do you want to be the star, or a background performer?
Create the life you want. Live it to the fullest, and Inspire others to do the same.
It’s what you were born to do. The meaning of life is life itself. Start living life on your terms, and your life will have meaning.
The Story of In the Limelight (abridged):
I had just graduated from broadcasting school, and just been dumped by my girlfriend. I had a lot of debt and a lot of uncertainty about how I was going to pay it off. To top it off, after having spent a bunch of money on education, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life.
I started working a construction job just to get my debts paid off. I didn’t fit it. In wasn’t for me. But it paid well, and I did get my debt paid off. But I was restless.
Then one day, fate intervened.
I drove to work and parked my car on the shoulder as I always did. I walked around the hedges and
started making small talk with a co-worker. It was then that I heard the sound of smashing glass and ripping metal. I rushed back to my car to discover it
had been ripped open like a can of tuna. A flat-deck truck an driven by with an improperly secured crane which had come loose and acted as a giant can opener as he drove by my car.
Needless to say the car was a write off, and upon
receiving a settlement from the insurance company I was now a debt free man with a bit of money in the bank.
So I did something really crazy. I came across an opportunity for an internship at a little hostel in mountains and I decided to take it.
A Blog Is Born.
Working at the Hostel was extremely satisfying. I made very little money, but the life experience was invaluable.
My commute was just a walk down the stairs. I’d brew coffee for the guests, light some incense in the lobby, and then sit with my laptop behind the desk.
At first I wasted a lot of time, but then I started hearing about something called blogging. Considering what a geek I am, it’s hard to imagine that I hadn’t know about it before, but the truth is
I had kind of left my love for technology behind for a while. Anyhow, I decided to start a blog, and decided to call it In the Limelight, because I already owned that domain having purchased it years before for reasons I don’t recall.
I didn’t have a plan, I didn’t know what it was going to be about.
I just did it to pass the time behind the front desk. As it turned out, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration. Hostels, especially those in quaint little mountain towns attract the most interesting of people, many of whom became the direct or indirect inspiration for my early blog posts. Without me even trying, the theme of the blog evolved to be overwhelmingly about personal development, and more specifically, my personal development.
But that was just the genesis.
In those early days, I had no idea what In the Limelight would become. I had no idea that it would lead to me founding my own company, Limelight Media Inc., or that it would trigger my passion for lifestyle design and creative living.
But it has.
This is my journey, what will yours be?
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