The last few days I have realized the distinct difference between people like you and I and the general population – and it has nothing to do with money, social status or affiliations. Instead I’ve realized that most people talk a lot yet never act, people that are striving for a better life act a lot and talk somewhat less. It’s amazing to me how few people act on what they want, since acting on what you dream about or desire seems like a given. I mean why settle for a job you hate, a relationship you’re apathetic about or a life that is painfully normal when almost anyone can actively pursue their dreams, all they have to do is start acting.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose – William Cowper
After this realization I started doing some research and I spent a few days gobbling up as much info as I could find about truly successful, truly great and ultimately extraordinary people. The one thing that differentiated them from the pack was their energizer bunny-esque drive. They refuse give up on their dreams and eventually they achieve them, no matter how many hurdles they encounter, because they never stop moving.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about – Charles Kingsley
I came to the realization that life isn’t really worth it if you’re not shooting for the stars and striving for a goal, one that resonates with your essence and your life’s purpose. So if you were made to sing, sing. If you have always felt called to help others, quit what you’re currently doing and get to helping. If you feel destined to be at the head of a company that is changing the world (as I do) then start working towards that goal, no matter how old or young you are. Unless you’re constantly working towards something you are deeply enthusiastic about, whether it be a goal or a life’s purpose, you won’t be truly happy and you’ll fall into feelings of apathy.
Why Shooting for the Stars Actually Works
Surprisingly enough the most exciting and most fulfilling things in life are usually the least competed for. It’s easier for the majority of the population to apply at Burger King than it is for them to attempt to become the head of General Motors. Because of this millions on applications go into the fast food giant every year where as just a handful actively try to become a GM executive.
To me I see it much like the pyramid in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, meaning the vast majority of the population will never strive for anything past the basics of life meaning that competition for the better things – amazing relationships, great travel, financial freedom & abundance is far less extreme. This is both sad & great news, it means for people like you and I it makes our lives easier – since we are actively shooting for the stars and climbing up the pyramid.
You can succeed at almost anything for which you have limitless enthusiasm. The world belongs to the enthusiastic – John Mason
So next time you’re doubting yourself, force your mind to shake it off… remember you’re part of the special few who will ever try for a better life. This makes your job easier and as long as you’re going for goals that are meaningful for you, that resonate with your passions & cause you to become enthusiastic you’ll have enough energy to reach the top without burning out.
It’s never too late to be what you might have been – George Eliot