What’s Wrong With My Accent?

That’s the thing that I used to ask myself, thousands or millions of times, many years ago, when I started in this profession. And the reason I’m bringing that up today is because yes, as you can tell, I have an accent, English is not my first language. And that was a big, big challenge for me. Hopefully you’re okay with this. I’m kind of opening up a little bit to you today cause I would like to help you that are watching today because there is something in you sometimes that is stopping you from achieving more, that is stopping you from actually playing full out. And the reason I said what’s wrong with my accent, I typed all this, that what’s wrong with my accent is because that was kind of my main challenge.

You know, I was so afraid of talking to people because I was afraid that they would make fun of my accent. And the reason being is because, they did make fun of my accent, you know, it wasn’t just once or twice, it was many times over and people sometimes don’t do it in a bad way, you know, they don’t try to offend you, but if you have that internal kind of believe that it’s something wrong with you in terms of I’m not good enough, because that’s what it comes down to, is that I’m not good enough at whatever you’re doing is going to show up in many ways. In in my case, again, it was about the accent. But here’s the thing, I go to a point where you get sick and tired of being sick and tired.

If it makes any sense, you can let any excuse to stay between you and your dreams. And in my case, I got to a point where I had to convince myself, you know, I had to, to make peace with myself that my accent, as you can tell it’s never going to change, you know, that’s my accent. That’s who I am. That’s part of who I am and I need to be proud of who I am and what I do. Right? And there’s always going to be people that are going to be criticizing what you say, how you say it or how you look, right? what you have, there’s always going to be people that do that and it’s okay, you know, and you need to be okay with that. Many times, people have said things about, my accent and not the, whether my hair was like this. But at the end of the day, it was all about them feeling uncomfortable and not knowing how to react or respond to the way I was talking to them.

And people react and respond in many different ways. The reason, again, the reason I’m sharing this, what’s wrong with my accent, it wasn’t really about my accent. My accent is there. As I said, it’s never going to change. And I had to make peace with that. So my question to you today, would be, what is it, the thing that is stopping you today from achieving more? What is the story that you’re telling yourself day in and day out that is stopping you from actually achieving more or doing more because it’s not about achieving more, and let me just backtrack a little bit. If you don’t buy into your excuses, you will be doing more in, by doing more eventually by default, if you’re doing the right thing, you’re going to achieve more. As someone said to me, Miguel, if you fight for your excuses, I will let you keep them.

You know, your excuses are yours. And if you choose to keep those excuses and you choose to let those excuses stand between you and your dreams, that is the thing that will keep stopping you. Right? So find a way to make peace with that, to say, you know what, enough is enough. If someone doesn’t like who I am, how I am, I’ll move on and I’ll find the ones that are really looking for me. And that comes again, comes down to what is it that you’re looking for and what are you willing to sacrifice and what are you willing to go through to get to your dreams?