Time is a slippery thing.
You’ve got to snatch every moment of it if you want to realize your own potential.
At the end of your days you’ll either look back on a finely crafted edifice or a heap of false-starts and scattered efforts. The latter is the status quo, always creeping.
Others will tell you that life is best lived moderately through broad experience: trying many new things and seeking novelty everywhere.
But breadth of experience is only good for a youth.
As an adult, the depth of your experience is what counts.
You’ve got to strike at one point and dig a deep well; rather than start a new well every time you get a few feet down into one. A mediocre life is that of a hundred dry, shallow wells.
A thing is not truly experienced until it is given depth through your time and commitment.
Whatever your will is in the world, you’ve got to get your arms around it and make it the center of your being.
Organize your whole life to empower its development.
Abandon every thing and every one that does not support it.
Cut yourself off from competing dreams and desires.
The day will come when you have advanced far along your chosen path and realize that what you thought you wanted is no longer your will.
But changing courses then is not a failure. The discipline and knowledge gained in realizing one dream will serve you in realizing the next one.
The only real failure is not trying; not taking action; not giving it your best shot; giving up before you see the fruits.
You are what you DO.
The world defines you by your ACTION.
Not what you know. Not what you say. Not what your potential is. Not what you aspire to.
Only action makes an impression.
The world does not take your action seriously unless it makes a living, if you are not otherwise financially independent.
If you are an office worker who plays in a band on the weekend, then you are not a rockstar. You are an office worker with a talent and a hobby,… in everyone elses mind except your own.
What you DO must provide tangible value to others. It has to sustain an income either directly or indirectly.
Otherwise, you’re time and energy is all wrapped up in money-getting to pay the bills while your mind is on your true will.
This psychic divide is the cause of much anxiety when what you do is not what you know you are.
Service, charity and family are no exception to this rule. They require means and time to be optimized for maximum impact.
When someone asks you what you DO for a living, they are really asking who you are.
And there is no better question, because how you spend your day is who you are.
If your hobbies, interests and talents really were who you truly are, then you would be making a living with them. Or you would be fighting tooth and claw to make that a reality.
Otherwise it is just a dream. A phantom of your ideal self that exists only for you.
Re-defining yourself is only a matter of taking action now.
Time marches forward without you.