008: Being Pulled

Will you ever get advice better than “you already know what to do” ?

In the past few days, I’ve been thinking—all that matters is your intention.

What does that mean? If you really, truly want something, you will probably get it.

“But what if I want to build a bagel-lovers community center on Mars? That’s my true dream.”

I don’t buy it (as in, the concept. I love bagels).

You subconsciously picked a dream that’s out of reach to avoid responsibility for the journey.

You aren't expected to move the world with every decision.

Only to move yourself forward, just a bit.

How do you know if you're pushing yourself hard enough?

If it's challenging, but possible.

If, in the midst of the challenge, it feels less like being pushed, and more like being pulled.

Quote I'm Pondering

"In the teachings of Judaism, one finds the following anecdote: 'If there are ten people, one will be someone who criticizes you no matter what you do. This person will come to dislike you, and you will not learn to like him either. Then, there will be two others who accept everything about you and whom you accept too, and you will become close friends with them. The remaining seven people will be neither of these types.' Now, do you focus on the one person who dislikes you? Do you pay more attention to the two who love you? Or would you focus on the crowd, the other seven?"

Ichiro Kishimi (in the book The Courage to Be Disliked)

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