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"Be serious."

"Take yourself seriously."

These are messages that we get as children. Somehow or other, being taken seriously seems to be linked to success. As a child, thinking "seriously" made things more difficult for me. Like many of us, I found my childhood lacking and incomplete–a childhood of scarcity, not of things but of feelings. I felt a need to be guarded — to always want more. These thoughts brought more thoughts and somehow the basis for a scarcity mentality. Armed with this, I took to humor to make light of things so as to not focus on the pain–real or imagined. I've since come to see humor as a tool that can be used for success. Think about who you admire for their sense of humor, or for their perspective and ability to see things in a different light.

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