“You want it. Aspiring. Hoping. Reaching. So you make a plan to get it. The bucket list. To-do lists. Objectives. Goals. Except that, you’re not chasing the goal, you’re chasing a feeling you hope reaching the goal will give you. We have the procedure upside down and it’s burning us out. What if we get clear first on how we want to feel, then set our intentions?” – Danielle Laporte from “The Desire Map”
“In the morning when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present, – I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I been made for this, to lie in the bed-clothes and keep myself warm? Do you exist to take pleasure and not at all for action and exertion? Do you not see the little plants , the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? And are you unwilling to do the work of a human being, and to do that which is according to your nature? Nature has fixed bounds for eating and drinking, yet you … Read More »
If you’d like to know how it is that you can be very outwardly successful as far as society is concerned, yet still feel miserable on the inside, here’s some insight. The nature of your mind (the ego part) is that it always functions as a “wanting” mechanism. It will always want some feeling that is better than the one you are feeling at this moment. This will be true even if you become a jet-set millionaire, your mind will still convince you that being a jet-set billionaire will be even better. Along the way, you continue to convince yourself that when you achieve this or that, then you will feel satisfied. However the nature of your “wanting mind” will never allow this to be so, never. After 20 years or so of achieving, every person eventually comes to a … Read More »
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
– Steve Jobs in The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993.
If you run a business of any sort, you should definitely read his biography by Walter Isaacson. It shows that the driving force behind the success of Apple lies in Steve Jobs’ quest and passion to make great products. He’d scrap millions of dollars of work if he thought the product was coming up short of what it could or should be, and start over.
“The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.” – Russell Simmons