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Video: Fired on Mars

A man gets fired from his job on Mars.

Sooner or later, every man comes to a cross road, settle in the comfortable mediocrity or seek greatness, entering the wilderness of his own intuition. Unfortunately, most are too blind to recognize opportunity when it knocks. Others recognize it but only after its too late. And yet for some of us, the lucky few, that wake-up call simply cannot be ignored. We take the exit ramp, fight out for the territory, our sails full with a mix of rocket fuel and hell-fire. With new roads come new joys, also trials. like unpredictable rock storms… But a gem cannot be polished without friction. And so man forges the tools that will sustain him on the road ahead. Meticulously attending to the garden of his soul.  And when it finally bears the fruits of his labor, well… Then he will know the satisfaction of being nobody but himself. A colony of one.

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Passion is not a plan

I really loved this beautiful Ted Talks video. It is worth watching.

Passion is not a plan. It is a feeling. And feelings change.

Passion is not a job, a sport or a hobby. It is the full force of your attention and energy that you give to whatever is right in front of you. And if you’re so busy looking for this passion, you could miss opportunities that change your life.

… the most fulfilling relationships, the most fulfilling careers are those that still have the power to surprise you. And as for the things you know you want to do, you want to write a book, you want to start a business, you want to change careers, great. But if you’re sitting around waiting for passion to show up and take you there, you’re going to be waiting a long time. So don’t wait, instead spend your time and attention solving your favorite problems. Look for problems that need solving. Be useful, generous. People will thank you and hug you and pay you for it and that’s where passion is, where your energy and effort meet someone else’s need. That’s when you realize passion lives and realizing what you have to contribute.

Just start doing because to live a life full of meaning and value, you don’t follow your passion. Your passion follows you. Thank you.

 

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Listening to the inner voice

Imagine the following scenario:
You lost your way while driving. You know you are lost because you have been driving forever and didn’t reach your destination. You do what all drivers do. You slow down, turn the radio off and if you have company, you shush them. You try to eliminate as much distraction as possible, so you can think clearly. But, sometimes slowing down doesn’t help. So, you stop to scout the area and collect your thoughts. When you stop you might look at a map, ask people for directions or think about what you should do next.

Unfortunately, slowing down, clearing your thoughts and even asking for help doesn’t work all the time. What if you reached an intersection and passersby give you different directions to your destination? Who would you listen to? What would you do then? You did everything you can do. You slowed down, you stopped to think and you asked for help. Alas, nothing helped and you still don’t know what road to take.

So, what do you do?

The multiple directions to the same destination might all be right. But definitely not all directions may fit you. Our journey in life has no ‘detailed’ road maps or manuals. A friend once lamented, after his divorce, that there is no manual for marriage. He complained that we are left on our own to figure out the most essential thing in life; making a family. Maybe, the reason there are no manuals or road maps, for our growth, is because what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for others.

Before taking a critical decision, whether it is changing a career or moving to a different city or getting a divorce, we think a lot about the consequences of our decision. When we are at lost we seek guidance. We ask around. We study and do our research about all the hypotheses related to our decision. Some people also solicit an answer by praying.

So, what do you do when your quest to find an answer fails? What do you do when you need to take a decisive decision but you simply have no clue what to do?

You take a chance. You listen to what your gut tells you. It is called instinct. Animals’ lives depend on it. Humans, unfortunately, rarely follow their instinct. Although, I believe, human’s instinct is more powerful than our logical sense.

If you feel the urge you need to take a particular decision, go for it. It is your trustworthy instinct taking over your brain. Listen and follow your inner voice!