Wednesday, August 14, 2013
One Question That Will Change Your Life
If there is one question that can change your life, it will probably be whether you are passionate about whatever you are doing in life. Steve Jobs sums it up real nicely in this short video. People who succeed are those who are passionate in what they are doing. Why else would they be able to keep doing things at their peak level on a sustained basis? And therein lies the secret of success.
As he also sums up nicely in this quote:
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something..almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to dies is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."
For the past few days, I have been asking myself what am I really passionate about in life. And I think I have drilled it down to three things : Travelling, reading and writing.
Travelling because this is the activity that makes me feel alive. My sense are keener and more aware of my surroundings. I feel excited about every single sight and sound that I experience. It is only during my travels that I truly feel alive and living.
Reading because through reading, I get to experience the viewpoints of others. I get lost in their world. I learn from the experience of others. I share their joy, mistakes, pain, etc. Things that I will never have been able to experience for myself.
Writing because it is the only creative expression of myself. I am not talented musically or with any other kind of handicraft. Yet, I have always viewed myself as someone who likes to create things. And writing is something that I enjoy doing. It allows me to consolidate my thoughts, reflect on my innermost fears and desires. And to express them into words concretises whatever I am thinking.
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