The truth is you can't be anything you want to be and you can't do anything you want to do.
History proves that sometimes circumstance or destiny will force us down a path that is not of our choosing .
And common sense will tell you that if you are fixated on one goal, you are likely to miss every opportunity that comes your way
Preparing for your future and achieving the things you would like to achieve must be balanced with a certain joie d'vie and living in the moment. That, dear friend is the ART of living: finding balance between the things you have to do and the things you want to do and the balance between common sense and adventure.
This is ultimately the balance between being alive and living.
This inspiring talk by Andrew Solomon is well worth 15 minutes of your time as you contemplate why you are here.
Long-time readers will know that I have never been a great fan of that whole 'set a goal - believe and achieve' glibness that permeates self-help books and new age literature. Daniel Pink wrote a book called The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need to help young (and old) people understand the world of work. The 160-page graphic novel about a hapless office clerk, a tart-tongued sprite, and some magic chopsticks takes a whopping half-hour to read. The book’s 6 key career lessons:
1. There is no plan.
Make decisions for fundamental, not instrumental, reasons.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
Do the things you do well — that give you energy rather than drain it.
3. It’s not about you.
The most successful people improve their own lives by improving others’ lives.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
There are massive returns to doggedness.
5. Make excellent mistakes.
Commit errors from which the benefits of what you’ve learned exceed the costs of what you’ve screwed up.
6. Leave an imprint.
Recognize that your life isn’t infinite and that you should use your limited time here to do something that matters.
The topic of this post may at first seem strange, but there is much to take from the underlying approach to life.
Read those six steps again and apply that to your business – and think about how your business would be different if you followed this approach to life and business instead.
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