If you have ever seen the movie 'Ali' you may remember the scene with Will Smith, who plays Ali, in a title bout. As he was punishing his opponent he kept saying, "what's my name, what's my name." Ali was determined to keep punching and basically embarrassing the other fighter until he had to call him "Ali" just to stop the whopping.
But WHY? Why would he ask a fighter who came to fight him what his name was?
Because people called him by his former name of Cassius as a sign of disrespect. No, not all did it with complete ill intent. Some did it out of ignorance. They did not understand why he went to the Muslim faith or why he changed his name or had his views on the war.
The key is he did NOT yell at the world. Instead he stayed true to his path, focused on his craft and had MASSIVE success so the world would CALL HIM BY HIS NAME.
Have you made a decision to "change your name"? Not really your name but what people know you as. Maybe people have known you as someone who has not had success. Maybe people know you as someone who never finishers anything. (you REALLY need to read Running With Finishers)
Some people may think you are not smart enough, attractive enough, fit enough, brave enough, or whatever. The fact is they may see you differently than you see yourself.
Most people don't want to be known for who they were in high school. But many go through life never really becoming more than what they were in their 20's. We would not let our children sit in the 3rd grade for 3 years. We want them to be better, to grow, to become a man or woman so we don't call them kid anymore.
At your job when you work hard you may go from being called part time, to full time employee, to supervisor and on to manager! Because of your works your "name" changed in that environment. You would not walk in as the janitor and ask to be called CEO. The only way to have people call you CEO is to become CEO. My point is what do you want us to call you?
What do you want to be known for?
THEN MAKE THEM CALL YOU BY THAT!
Do it though work! Do it through focus and accomplishment.
Make the world know you, not because you ask, but because they have no choice but to applaud what you accomplished.
You can do it! Regardless of your past you can create a future. We don't go to the movies to watch a guy that went from average to just above average. That does not sell tickets or ignite our spirits. We want to hear stories of people that excelled and made something incredible happen. It does not have to be starting the next internet sensation. Just go be great at what you want to do. Let them know you for who you are now!
MAKE THEM CALL YOU BY YOUR NAME!