Look, I’m all for being passionate, for working hard, being ambitious. But I’m also a big believer in having a plan. Having a dream is one thing. Knowing exactly what you want, and how you’re going to get it- that is how success is attained.
You can have as much wind behind your sails as you want, but if you don’t bring a compass, you’ll be sailing in a circle on open waters your whole life with no land in sight.
In our heads, talking down our accomplishments and refusing to give light to our talents in order to make those around us feel better about themselves seems a noble and humble act, when in reality is one of the greatest disservices to mankind we can do. Keeping our gifts hidden in the shadows does nothing to help illuminate the world.
If we were to hold a moment and reflect on our past mistakes and the lessons learned from making them, we would wield the power to see the error of our ways. Our undesirable habits are just that: habits, vicious cycles which can be broken, but only once we understand what holds them together.
I feel that oftentimes, before we criticize someone, we must first take care to check that we have no mistakes that need correcting, that we are flawless. Once we do so, we will all drop the stones we were about to throw, and perhaps, attempt to understand the accused instead.
And realize that we were never deserving of the stones in the first place.
Stagnation seems to be one of the worst conditions one can impose on themself. When one ceases to challenge themself, to push themself, to broaden their horizons, one consequently ceases to learn, to grow, to live. For a life not in motion is quite possibly the very definition of a meaningless existence.
The driving force that can move mountains, build up civilizations, make dreams a reality, send men to be among the stars, the force that keeps the world turning. An end goal we all have in common, yet one that seems to fall short in being fulfilled. Money? Power? Fame?
The desire to be important. The greatest motivator known to man.
We spend so much of our time worrying and obsessing over being heard and leaving a mark on the world. Why not instead focus on living on our own terms, creating the life we envisioned, and not caring whether or not we’re talked about for years after we’re gone?
Coincidentally, that’s exactly how those before us left their marks.