“Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world.”
Passion is something you discover after the work has been done. You can’t possibly know what you’re passionate about without experimenting first.
You may have an idea about what you like. That’s a good start. Now put it into practice and then…
Whether you’re stuck in a labyrinth or looping around the same racetrack, admitting you’re frustrated and lost is at least a starting point. The hard part is developing a plan to do something about it.
If you want to go pro in any profession, you’re going to have to practice your beliefs and take calculated risks to gauge their rigidity. Doing the work removes the cobwebs of uncertainty.
Umberto Eco was right when he said “We make lists because we don’t want to die.”
We feel dead without a challenge.
That’s why some of us split the day into two halves. Morning is the first half. We could try to prioritize the hardest work between the hours of 9-12 before lunch so the rest of the day is comparatively easy. We have to be ruthless in following through.
Cartoonist and former ad copywriter Hugh MacLeod sent out an excellent newsletter about being good at two things. In it, he spells out the reasons why we should be knowledgeable in two areas in order to maximize our unique career potential.
When you’re very good at “n”, there are probably thousands of people who are also good at “n”. But if you are good at “n + 1”, that number…
Work grinds the dreams of many. The cycle of boring jobs begs the question: What should we do with our life?
Yet we run into the next occupation, thinking that it could be the defining one. But it too fails to shape us.
If a job shapes our identity, we damn well should make sure we take on something we care about. Otherwise, the invisible wall is always there, wanting, waiting, to frustrate the…
Goal-setting is game-setting. You start at level 1 and graduate into unforeseen directions. If you’re lucky, you’ll ping-pong forward, making leaps and bounds.
The declaration of goal-setting, like a compass, leads you in predictable yet murky ways.
Nothing ahead is quite clear until we face it, dead smack with reality.
The opposition drips with roadblocks, an attempt to turn resiliency…
In the absence of ideas, we’re lost floating at sea.
Weighed down in idea debt, a lack of action can have the same debilitating effect.
Interia is the purported enemy.
What works better is facing fear and proceeding right into it.
Keep your eyes on the prize and spend your time wisely, for the latter is never under your control.
Remain undecided at your own risk. Faith knows that even the wrong…
‘Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you’
Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention. The seagull may intend to fly away, may decide to do so, may talk with the other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly, but until the seagull flaps his wings and takes to the air, he is still on the dock.
The mind is perpetually stuck in the future, worried about tomorrow instead of tomorrow’s yesterday.
It’s as if we’re running toward an elusive finish line, lured by the temptation of retirement.
Hold up…why do we move so fast?
Skimming and skipping produce a race to the bottom. We expect the algorithms and Google shortcuts to provide the answers and solve a lack of intelligence.
Learning, of patience, through experience, stokes pure wildness. It is how we evolve.
Insecurity is life. In the attempt to lock it into place, we forfeit the musicality of motion.
Putting down the irreality of our screens, foregoing speedy impressions, we finally realize our potential.
This pace is the place to be.
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Impatient with action, patient with results.
Taking consistent, small steps, each day turns thousands of drips into a bucket of water.
But it’s not so much the practice that matters. It is the execution.
Shooting the basketball with improper form every day is not going to help come game time. The fundamentals for adaptability go missing.
The mice who run the same track each time to get a pellet…