Sunday, January 6, 2008

When you begin to doubt your brilliance, or your beauty, write a letter to yourself. It should begin something like this:

Dear you:

You are so beautiful. You have something in you that the world needs to see. Your brilliance is evident in your walk. Your love for life shows in your smile. I can hear it in your voice that you want to be free.

Life is a field of flowers. So pick yours wisely chile
Some die quickly, others hang around for awhile
The essence of a mans beauty is not determined by the perfume he wears
The essence of a mans beauty is measured by what he shares

Life is like a field of flowers. So pick yours wisely chile
Some die quickly, others hang around for awhile
You say you’ve got a dream and I can see it in you.
When the Maker when into that field of flowers, He picked you.

Life is a field of flowers. So pick yours wisely chile. Some die quickly, but once you release your brilliance, your dream will hang around for awhile.

Written by you, you.

Simon T. Bailey has a new book out called Releasing Your Brilliance. I asked him a few questions about what we were in store for with this book. This is part of what he said:

Felicia: What does releasing your brilliance mean?

Simon: I wrote the book to engage, enlighten and encourage those who have hit the wall professionally, personally, physically & emotionally. It's for those who feel they have greater potential but have no clue as to what that could be. It's for those who feel like the least, the last and the lost.

Felicia: Tell us about your journey and what did it take for you to see the brilliance in yourself. That doesn't happen overnight.

Simon: I was presenting in Paris and I realized that night that I had a moment where I touched on something that had died in me. So I went back to my room and asked myself three questions. Those questions were 1. What would you do if you couldn't fail? 2. What would you do even if you never got paid? 3. What makes you come alive?

Felicia: Was it easy for you to answer those questions or did you have to ponder for a while?

Simon: I had to ponder. And I had to dig and I realized that it wasn't about money. When you understand that you are a brilliant diamond, you don't chase money. Money chases you.

Felicia: After you realized that you had a higher purpose, were there any moments that you questioned your decision. Once you were on that journey, how did you feel? Did you ever think you chose the wrong thing?

Simon: Yes, I had bills to pay. What do you do when your bills are screaming louder than your dreams? So I started getting up earlier and putting one foot in front of the other. I became so engulfed in this that I gained the internal confidence that I could do this. It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're NOT that holds you back.

Felicia: How long was this process for you?

Simon: This process to "Releasing Your Brilliance" took about 7 years.

Felicia: At your level of success, do you get scared?

Simon: Yes, of course, you wouldn't even believe the feelings. But in those moments I get an email or see someone who has been touched by my work. And that makes it all worth it.

Don't miss out on the rest of Simon's story on how he went from being a lump of coal to becoming a diamond. Click below to hear the rest of the interview and become inspired. It's certainly more than LipService!

Contact Simon T. Bailey at

1 comment:

Lucinda said...

This was soooo inspiring! No, that does not give what I feel right now by listening to this interview justice. The other two questions, I had already answered some time ago. However, it is amazing how a turn of a phrase makes you rethink some things.... "What makes you come alive?" Not content, not satisfied, not status quo, not so-so-...but alive? Thank you both for sowing into my life tonight. I am going to enjoy going to bed and thinking towards the next step. Brilliant!