The Super Simple Way Kung Fu Panda Saved My Social Life

You know those times when you feel really small? Insecure? Having ZERO confidence?

That’s happened to me tooooo many times to count. Situations like speaking in Toastmasters, working out at Cult, making rotis, starting companies, applying to Google, moving abroad, getting into the IIMs – these things, and more have given me weak knees and sweaty palms.

Why? Because, in all those things I mentioned, I was NOT the best. I always thought that those things were beyond me. That I was not worthy. That those things were meant for people who were “better” than me in some way or the other.

That kind of thinking really REALLY messed my head up – and I suffered with this A LOT.

Until I rewatched Kung Fu Panda 2 last November, I was beating myself up like crazy. I was committing Biggest Career Mistakes To Avoid #8: Being Intimidated by Awesomeness.

Want to learn how to fix it?

Read on.

008 Being intimidated by awesomeness
008 Being intimidated by awesomeness


Successful people

  • Intimidate us
    • We think they’re above us
    • They’re special because of something innate
  • Leave us burning with envy
    • How on earth could someone sooo dumb get so successful?
  • We wonder how they did it
    • Good luck?
    • Ass kissing?
    • Being in the right place at the right time?
    • Having money?
    • Having the right parents?
  • “They’re not like us”
    • Most common reason
      • To not attempt something MASSIVE
      • To not daring to dream
      • To justify not even trying
      • To give up before we start


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,” Williamson writes in A Return to Love. “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”

Marianne Williamson in ‘A Return To Love’

Lack of…

  • Belief
    • It’s not possible!
  • Confidence
    • I can’t do that!
  • MASSIVE Dreams
    • I’m happy where I am…
  • Vision
    • I don’t know how to do that…
  • Hope
    • It’s not for me…

At the heart of it, we are AFRAID

  • Of success
  • Of hard work
  • Of change
  • Of our sunk cost
  • Of changing our identity


Need to change our identity

  • E.P.I.C Transformations
    • Step by step way of changing your identity
    • The key to unlock your potential
    • Journey you need to take to uncover/discover who you are
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  • Realise that everyone’s human
    • You too can become AWESOME

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  • Our environments shape us
    • Is it helping you be as AWESOME as you can be?
      • Awesome = Inspiring Awe
  • Change the people you’re with to change your success vector
  • Your progress vector is influenced by those around you

Your Turn

Look at people who are AWESOME

  • What is your current relationship with them?
  • How can you reframe that relationship?
    • How can you use their journey and story to your benefit?
      • How can they inspire you?
      • What can you learn from them?
      • What’s one thing you can apply now to change your success and progress vector?


Shift in perspective

  • Successful people
    • No longer intimidating
    • Become inspirational
  • Realise that you too can be AWESOME
    • All it needs is a different way
      • Of thinking about yourself
      • Of approaching the situation

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