Change Perspective by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

At your level, from your perspective, you may see nothing more than a wall in front of you and at every turn.

You need to change your perspective.

Stand on the shoulder of a giant and it will change.

When you stand on the shoulder of a giant, you become a witness to an entirely new world.

Your perspective will forever change with the vision of opportunities that were non-existent before.

 “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” —Sir Isaac Newton

Through our lives, in some form or fashion, one way or another we are helped by those around us.

This is what Sir Isaac Newton meant when he said that he saw further only by standing on the shoulders of giants.

We don’t get to where we are alone even though at times, that is exactly how it feels.

No one is self-made no matter how much one claims to be.

At some point, every successful person received help from someone.

Take a moment to reflect upon your life.

If you concentrate enough, you will find the giants who placed you on their shoulders.

Perspective matters more than you may think

There is a story about two young brothers that were raised by a single father.

Their father was doing the best that he could to raise his sons, but it was difficult, and he drank to deal with his problems.

His financial situation worsened with each passing day.

Then, one day having become overwhelmed, the father felt there were no options left and in a moment of desperation, he decided to rob a convenient store for money.

He believed that this was the only way that he could get the money he needed to support himself and his young boys.

Unfortunately, during the robbery, a shot was fired and an innocent bystander was killed.

Shortly thereafter, the police arrested the boys’ father for his crimes.

He was tried, sentenced and put away for a very long time.

His two sons were left alone and grew up moving from one foster home to another.

As they became adults, one brother turned to a life of crime and ended up in the same prison that his father was sent to.

He was asked why his life turned out the way it did.

His response was, “how could it not? Take a look at my father.”

From his perspective, he believed that he would end up like his father no matter what he did.

His brother, who went through many of the same struggles, went on to become a success.

He too was asked how did his life turned out the way that it did.

His response was the same as his brothers.

He said “how could it not? Take a look at my father.” 

From his perspective, he believed that by experiencing the things his father did, it gave him the drive and direction needed to succeed.

He used the pain and adversity to fuel the fire to succeed because he did not want to end up as his father did.

Morale of the story

This story shows just how powerful perspective can be.

One brother’s perspective of their father was one of a wall.

The other perspective of their father was that of a giant.

Change your perspective.

Find the giants in your life that will put you on their shoulders.

They can be parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, mentors and anyone else that you can think of.

Stand on their shoulders and change your perspective.

Be the giant

It’s not enough to change your perspective.

What will you produce?

How and what will you contribute to your family, your community, your city, your country, and this world?

Who and how many will you help?

Become the giant for others and put them on your shoulders as others once did for you.

“Become the giant for others and put them on your shoulders as others once did for you.”

Whether you think so or not, someone sees you as a giant.

There is someone or many out there that are waiting for you to pick them up and put them on your shoulders.

If you’re a parent, you are a giant to your children.

Maybe you have younger siblings.  To them, you can also be a giant.

Maybe you’re a teacher or even a supervisor.

Even if you do not see yourself as a giant yet, make yourself one.

The best thing that you can do is put yourself in a position where you can be the shoulders on which others stand on.

To be the one that changes their perspective is a reward in itself.

Walter Bond, a former NBA player says that you should always pick up your child.

When you walk through that door after a long day and see your child, pick them up.

Pick them up as often as possible because there will come a time when you can no longer pick them up physically.

When that day comes, you can still pick them up emotionally.

You can still pick your child up mentally and you can pick them up spiritually.

No matter what, no matter how frustrated you are or how your child is behaving, PICK THEM UP!

Pick them up and change their world by changing their perspective.

When you pick them up, they see the world from a whole new perspective.

They see the world as you see it, from your perspective with the support and safety of the person that they trust the most in this world.

Put them on your shoulders and imagine the perspective they will have of the world then.

Bottom Line

Perspective is important.

Change your perspective by finding those that will help you change it in a positive way.

Find the giants in your life that will help you do so by giving you their shoulders to stand on.

Just as our perspective was changed, we all have a responsibility to change the perspective of others.

We have a responsibility to put as many people as we can on our shoulders.

You will be better for it and the world will also be a better place for it.

Stand on the shoulders of giants.

Change your perspective.

Become a giant yourself, let others stand on your shoulders and change their perspective.

—Cruz

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