Make a Dent

26 Jun 2012. comments

There isn’t enough time in life for you to be understood 100% of the time. You will be misjudged. You will be judged accurately and sometimes it will sting. Follow your passion, don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter, accept and embrace death as a positive force. The alternative is to never make an attempt and be forgotten.

When you get offered a ton of money to do something that doesn’t align with your passion, will you take it? If pressured to go against your principles will you rock the boat? Will you say ‘no’ in order to focus on what really matters?

It’s not easy but it is the best way to minimize the number of regrets you’ll have later on. You have to know that someday you will die, and everyone else will too. If we all die, what makes us special? The impact we have on the world is the only way for us to leave a mark. We live for an insignificant blip of time and (so far) there’s no escaping that. If you accept that then there is no reason to settle. In fact it’s quite dangerous to settle because you’ll run out of time before you know it.

The most precious resource on earth is not gold, silver, or diamonds; It’s time.

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

– Carl Sagan

Death isn’t a bad thing; it’s a reminder and a driver for you to get focused and do what you love to do, right now, and not waste a second doing things that don’t matter.

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

– Steve Jobs

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