Whenever you follow a dream, it leads to new observations, discoveries, and relationships. These experiences will modify your sense of what is possible and what is preferable. To chase after a dream is to undertake a surprising and challenging process of personal transformation.
Most people feel unmotivated not because they lack good pep talks, but because they lack good perspective. The key to inspiration is better information.
Experimenting with ideas and sticking with what proves useful is not being woo woo. That’s being a pragmatic individual who understands the relative and real value of subjective experience.
The greatest rewards belong to those who can eagerly anticipate the future while also learning how to make peace with the present moment.
It’s great to get excited about the big finish. It’s even better if you can make your way there with a playful spirit.
When you start with being mean, it’s very hard to go back to kindness. If you want to be effective, being kind is usually the best place to begin. If you eventually need to get mean, you’ll still have the opportunity to get mean. There’s no expiration date on your ability to be mean. Kindness, on the other hand, is time-sensitive.
Someone has to be the person who takes the risk of creating things and the trolls aren’t going to be the ones to do that. They’re too busing hiding behind the illusion of superiority that comes from turning their noses up at every new idea. It’s their way of feeling powerful without having to face the resistance that real creators face.
You’ll discover more about what makes you come alive through play, creative work, and personal development projects than through endless naval gazing about what you’re supposed to do with your life.
People will tell you to do what’s conventional, but they’ll give their respect to the ones who push the boundaries. When people give advice, it’s usually a reflection of what they think is possible for you and how much they believe they’re going to be on the hook for giving you that advice.
Here’s a quote from my book Freedom Without Permission: How to Live Free in a World That Isn’t: “Keeping it real” isn’t just a matter of facing up to harsh facts. It also includes opening up to the plethora of possibilities that offer us ways of impacting the world in spite of adversity.” Refusing to pretend…
The last thing you should ever be is bored with your own creative and philosophical output. If you’re going to take the time to say X, do X, build X, make art about X, or write about X, at least make sure X is interesting to you.