“There’s something distinctly unfriendly in requiring people to participate in your chosen broadcast forum in order to participate in your life, rather than reaching out to them individually. It’s like that older aunt who sends out a form letter once a year to tell you all about that family vacation and their kids’ successful lives and the new car they bought, with the only personal touch being the signature at the end: she isn’t interested in you or your path through life, she’s just proudly announcing her own satisfaction at you. Which is great – I’m glad that people are happy and want to share that – but that’s not a friendship.”—Readers of The Dish on unfriending Facebook (via explore-blog)
A smidge jealous and rather happy for a guy I’d imagine could have become a great friend at work, had we worked together longer. Greg and Mel are getting married, quitting their jobs and taking a 5-month bike ride across Europe.
The point of all this is: You owe it to the world to do what you love, to have passion for your work. There are too many people going through their daily lives on autopilot, doing what has to be done, regardless of whether or not they have the desire to do it. There’s honor in that responsibility, but really, you only have one life.
If you feel a strong pull to do something, do it, and keep at it. If you plug away a little each day, eventually you’ll build momentum. And when you hit a plateau, don’t let your discouragement last too long. Keep in mind that the people whose level you hope to someday reach were once in your position, thinking the exact same thing.
So take what you want. Do the best you can with what you have, and work with what you’ve got. Start small, build momentum, and watch opportunities open up to you.
Stay up late, work hard, do anything to make progress on a project you feel unwavering passion for, whatever it is that makes your mind race and keeps you up at night.
Stop delaying and telling yourself you’ll begin tomorrow, because really, that day will never come.
And since every step counts, take a small one today. Right now. Just do something that will take you one step closer to reaching your goal.