Sounds a little idealistic, but hell, goals that aren’t a bit idealistic are probably pretty boring and mean you weren’t trying hard enough.
I had trouble picking something to quote, so really, do yourself a favor and go read the whole thing.
Brad gave one of my favorite talks at TEDx Boulder. If you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, go watch it. I love the concept of “going off the grid” regularly (though, I’ll admit I suck at making it happen).
My dad has a different version. He takes the 5th week of a 5-week month (there are only a few each year) and uses it for anything from vacation to a personal project he’s been putting off
I’d read Milton Glaser’s Ten Things I Have Learned a couple years ago, but it recently resurfaced in my RSS and I read it again. This quote, in particular, stood out to me this time. It’s the idea that things essentially come back to balance. Is a belief that is completely unquestioned really a belief? Is the biting cynic really as smart as he thinks he is? I know I’m guilty of swinging both ways at times.
This quote comes from the larger section Doubt. At least read that section, if not the whole thing.
So much truth in that rule.
Short and sweet—or short, at least. Here is the quick talk that I did at TEDx Boulder this summer. I haven’t actually been able to bring myself to watch the video yet, but I’m told it came out alright. I hope you enjoy it!
Related Post: TEDx Boulder
There is so much truth to this statement. The more people who know that I am working toward a specific thing, the more likely it’ll be that I’m successful. Conversely, I catch myself not sharing goals with others when I should because I’m afraid to do the necessary work to attain them, or afraid I won’t succeed.
It’s a good reminder that we often use the word “busy” to describe the feeling of being overwhelmed rather than an actual state of our current workflow or capacity. Interestingly though, busyness-as-a-feeling is something that can make us feel self-important, and so it’s hard to let go of even if the workload winds down.
I wish I was better at this. When I really start to think about it, I let a lot of the dogma of other people’s thinking about how I should live my life or do my job get in the way. I wonder why some people are so naturally good at pursuing their own path while others—like myself—seem to have to consciously work at it.