[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week. Enjoy!]
Warning: This Blog Post May Cure Your Fear of Success
“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” – Denis Waitley
~guest post from Eric Lunsford of Coffee & Warm Showers at Make It Happen
The Greatest Discovery of All: Getting to Know Yourself
Knowing yourself is beyond knowing your favorite color, your ideal mate, your favorite pet or everything about your best friend. No! We are no longer in high school – thank heavens – where being “yourself” meant acting stupid and defying society just to be “cool”.
Knowing yourself well – I mean really well – is a deeper, harder and slower process. It is a road that is long and winding and you must be ready to face it. But it is a journey that pays in abundance and it makes the nonsense of growing up pale in comparison to the magnificence of this rose blossoming before you.
~Farnoosh Brock at Prolific Living
How to Build the Muscle of Change
Imagine trying to lift a barbell with 350 lbs. of weights on it. Even lifting it 6 inches off the ground would be a nearly impossible feat for people who haven’t trained their muscles to lift heavy loads. You’d struggle and nearly burst a vein, but you wouldn’t budge the barbell. But … if you started with just the barbell (no weights on it) and began lifting that, you’d be much more likely to succeed. Then add 5-10 lbs. on each side, and your muscles will grow stronger. Keep adding a little at a time, and soon you’ll be able to lift the 350-lb. loaded barbell that once seemed impossible.
Your change muscle works in the same ways.
~Leo Babauta at Zen Habits
Fail on Purpose
I know deep down that every excuse stems from this: I’m afraid to fail.
I’m afraid that I’ll try connect with a stranger and they’ll reject me. And then I’ll feel like a worthless fool, all alone in a strange city.
But before trundling too far down that dark corridor of negative thought, I remind myself that there is a way out.
All I need to do, is fail on purpose.
~Niall Doherty at Disrupting the Rabblement
When should you quit your dream?
When our dream hits a bump in the road, when the first chapter of our book feels impossible, or the first quarter of our new business is difficult, or the first semester of grad school is a nightmare, we discontinue use.
We move on to something different. We quit. We think we must have found the wrong dream. Maybe there’s a different one that will never be hard or demanding or sweat and stress inducing.
Here’s the truth:
At the first sign of discomfort, keep working on your dream.
At the second sign of discomfort, keep working on your dream.
At the 100th sign of discomfort, keep working on your dream.
Why Freelancers Are the New Pirates
Look, the infrastructure of industry is broken. Meritocracy is a fairy tale, and we’re all a fly shy of a Falling Down rampage. It’s time to consider going pirate, setting sail, and making your own rules. Try life as your own boss, on your own voyage. No daily commute. No salad bar at 12:15. No cc’ing about the meeting. As Sara Horowitz, executive director of the Freelancers Union, puts it: “You can either be in the past and mired in bureaucracy in these big nonfunctioning institutions or you can be a swashbuckler.”
~Mary H.K. Choi at Wired Magazine
How To Live Today As If It Were Your Last & Enjoy It
“’If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?’
Whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
~Craig Jarrow at Time Management Ninja
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