Playing Small Does Not Serve Anyone

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Are you being all that you can be in life or are you playing small?


Most of us play a smaller game than we can play.


Inside we all know we can do more, be more and yet too often we hold back. 


This passage is one I have loved for many years  and read it to remind myself….


“…..Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

“A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”


This passage was used in the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela.


There are times in my life when I have played full out.


And there  times when I am guilty of playing small.


How about you?


Are you here to be the best version of yourself?


There are days when we all feel like curling up and being invisible.


We need to push through these times and show up!


This video sums it up!





We are all here to serve the world….


To make a difference….


To leave the world a better place because we were here….


No more playing small…



Go out there and shine and be the best version of yourself…. and I will too.


Have an amazing day!


Sue Price







40 thoughts on “Playing Small Does Not Serve Anyone

  1. Zen

    wow, powerful message, my favorite line, ‘….as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to also…’ That is so true.
    Thank you, over this and the video was great, felt like I was on a motorcycle again!
    XoX, Zen

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Zen I love that line too. When I know I am playing a smaller game that I can I read this passage. I loved the motorcycle clip too. Hugs to you and lovely to see you back. xo

  2. Naomi Hamlin

    Me playing small does not serve the world – I’ve personalised it for myself because I need to give myself permission to play in the big leagues by playing my part in this world. Another great read and inspirational post:)

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Naomi I often read that passage to remind myself to play a bigger game. I think most of do not play to our full ability. Give yourself permission and you will fly. Thanks for your comment Naomi.

  3. Erica Udeanu

    I know when I come to your blog I am going to find the best inspiration ever … today was no exception! Thank you for finding the best videos on motivation and inspiration out there! I ALWAYS watch yours!

    Thank you!

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Awe thank your Erica. I find great videos to keep myself on track and I figure that someone else can benefit too. I appreciate your awesome comment. Hugs 🙂

  4. Dave

    Wow Sue. You did it again. You knocked this clean out of the park. So important to not play small. Playing small gives small results. I always love what you write.
    Thanks kiddo.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thank you Dave I appreciate your feedback and kind words. Playing small does give small results – well said. Appeciate you.

  5. Danny Yoon

    This is a fabulous content and video you got here Sue! Playing small isn’t the way to go if you seriously want to become a better version of yourself!

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thanks Danny and so glad you enjoyed the post. I have to remind myself constantly to play bigger. You have a great weekend.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thank you Juanita for your comment. Yes far too many people are not going for their dreams. Fear robs us of the life we are meant to live.

  6. Nancy Loehr

    Sue – the quote by Marianne Williamson has always been one of my faves. It reminds me of the days when I was fortunate enough to go see her every Sunday at the local church she was pastor of for a few years. The video is so inspirational too. Thank you for a great blog post with a great message.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      That quote is one of my favorties too Nancy – in fact I think my very favorite. How wonderful you went to her church. I have seen her at a live event here in Australia but to have had the experience of listening to her every Sunday must have been wonderful. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

  7. Earl Hackett

    Sue, Great post. For the longest time I remembered that poem from the movie Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson. I got it now;Marianne Williamson. I was so impressed I carried a copy in my note book for a while. Inspiring words stir the soul. Thank You.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      I have never seen the movie Earl but the poem is awesome. It is amazing how many of us have been drawn to it. Definetly inspiring words for the soul. 🙂

  8. Linda Frame

    Great post & video Sue. I may not big in the big league yet, but I’m peddling as fast as I can. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Linda I do not think we need to be in the big league to be playing to our best and I see you doing that. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

  9. Deirdre Powell

    Awesome post and video. gave me lots to think about. I don’t want to play small.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      It does get us thinking for sure Deirdre. I wish you every success in playing a big game. 🙂

  10. Joel Dirks

    Great post Sue! I really like your blog and am all about motivational stuff too. That is a great video and you’re so right about playing small. Why would we want to NOT do our best to help others and give them the chance to help themselves with all our might. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thank you Joel I appreciate your feedback about my blog. Exactly Joel why would we not wantot do our best and yes helping others do the same is what can give our lives deeper purpose.

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Netty I cannot see you playing small either but I think most of us do at some stage. Thanks for your comment here. 🙂

  11. Shahidah Akbar

    Sue, you’ve done it again. Delivered a great post! I think we all are probably guilty of playing small a time or two…but no more! Full on, full out. Go big or go home!

    1. Sue Price Post author

      I love your comment Shahidah – go big or go home. Love it. You go big girl! 🙂

  12. Donna Merrill

    Hi Sue,

    What a great inspirational message. I think we need a dose of inspiration every day. My favorite line in this is “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    So true, as we reach higher goals, our actions do speak louder than our words. We can be an inspiration to others.


    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Donna,

      You have picked up my favorite line there. It says so much and also tells us the responsibility we all have to shine.

      You are an inspiration Donna and are liberating others. Keep shining my friend.


  13. LuAnn

    awesome post Sue and great info on playing small which definitely does not serve anyone…powerful video as well, thanks for sharing this value

    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thanks LuAnn it is amazing we all know playing small does not serve anyone but so many of us still do it. Thanks for your comment here.

  14. Kristine Christiansen

    This is an awesome post Sue, thank you! The quote by Marianne Williamson is my favorite, and such a great reminder that playing small does not serve anyone, most importantly ourselves. I really enjoyed the video too, thank you for sharing!

    1. Sue Price Post author

      It is my favorite quote too Kristine and it is a reminder for us all. Thanks for your comment here, much appreciation.