Inspiration, served

July 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

For those of you who want some inspiration in your face, here are some highlights I took from a few favorite Everest posts:

If in Doubt, Get Started.

Our dreams are our most fundamental purposes in life, and no failure compares to the failure to begin pursuing them.

We’re under so much pressure from so many different sources. Many of these sources are very well meaning: parents, friends, teachers. It can be very hard to work out what it is that you yourself want.

Just getting the ball rolling is the most important thing. Momentum builds its own momentum.

Triumph Every Day

When we begin pursuing our dreams, we think of them as endings. We picture ourselves smiling at the finish line of a marathon. We imagine the feeling of cool metal on clammy hands, as we accept the graduation plaque. And we can almost hear the empathic scritch scratch of the pen, when we sign the contract for a dream job.

We become anxious when we think about the steps in between. We wonder if a marathon is really worth every early morning run. Or whether that new job is really worth the late nights of preparation. Paralyzed by the fear of the process, we return to our daily lives, and our dreams die as words in our heads.

Don’t Follow the Crowd

Being normal is comfortable. When picking out our clothes, we think about what other people wear. When picking our career, we often judge jobs by what others deem successful. In a surprising number of decisions every single day, we play in the back of our heads: “What do most people do?”

Take a step back. Picture yourself taking your biography from a shelf and slowly examining the book. Does it interest you? As you imagine flipping through the pages, the normal that had seemed so important just moments before drifts away, and you understand what matters most.

We only have one story to write, and the library already has so many books entitled Normal.


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