[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week. Enjoy!]
Top 5 Regrets You Won’t Hear From the Dying
*Cordelia note: Also check out the post this is based on, Regrets of the Dying, over at the blog Inspiration & Chai.
~Dan Johnson at Right Brain Rockstar
Forward 15: Your Future in 15 Minutes a Day
In 15 minutes you can make decisions that will affect your life and make you feel better doing it. Just the act of taking action in your life can help make you happier about your future and where it’s going — because it’s going somewhere.
Think about it: a quarter of an hour, 15 minutes, 900 seconds can make you feel better about the next year, 365 days, 21,900 seconds. If it helps, picture some late-night infomercial host saying, “for just 15 minutes a day…”
~Russel Lolacher at Lifehack
Make It Count
We’re surrounded by stuff and things and excess on every level of our lives, so is it any wonder that we grow used to the oversaturation? Is it surprising, in other words, that we start thinking more is better? More is normal?
It doesn’t have to be. But you have to make a decision, now, to emphasize quality over quantity, and to make your quality count as much as possible.
This, I suspect, is one of the keys to a happy life.
~Matt Madeiro at Three New Leaves
There be dragons.
Some days the dragon wins.
You work as hard as you can on a resolution or a goal or a dream and the day crumbles.
You tried your hardest, but for reasons in your control or out of your control, the day fell apart.
The dragon won.
Your manuscript was not written. Your miles were not run. Your dream was not dreamed.
But, and this is an awful big but, that was just today.
Fear and the Very First Step
Before I went to bed that night, I asked Drew and Ruthie how it went. I could tell how hard they were trying not to let me down. The truth is I knew it was mostly a train wreck.
But that didn’t matter because guess what? I just finished my first gig! And once you finish your first gig, no matter how terrifying it is or how poorly it goes, you get to move onto your second one.
But you never get a second gig until you play your first. And that first one will be the scariest thing you ever do.
If you really want something, then you have to want it bad enough to go through at least a bit of hell to get it. You have to face your fear head on and dive into that very first time without ever taking your eyes off of the real prize: the second time.
~Tyler Tervooren at Advanced Riskology
The most dangerous thing you can say to your dream.
When someone notices we’re good at something, we respond:
“Oh that, that’s nothing. It’s just something I like to do in my spare time.”
The soundtrack we play in our minds is that our gift is nothing. Our dream really isn’t that meaningful. It is just a bit of gossamer we play with sometimes. Don’t think twice about it.
The longer you play this soundtrack, the easier it is to believe it, especially if someone who matters to you tells you that your dream doesn’t matter. Teachers, bosses, sometimes even parents will tell you that you’re not good enough to pursue a particular dream. The more we develop the muscle of doubt, the stronger it becomes. But the doubt is still a deception.
100 Tips About Life, People, and Happiness
1. True wisdom and insight is always free.
2. Give your power over to no one.
3. Going into the unknown is how you expand what is known.
4. Get a library card.
5. Spend more time around people that both challenge and respect you.
6. Remain skeptical forever.
7. Fight for what matters.
~Julien Smith at In Over Your Head
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