“Be realistic: Plan for a miracle.” ―Osho
Sometimes in life it’s good to play it safe. But this is not one of those times. This is a time where you’ve come to a point of no return. A choice will be made—no, you will make a choice—and after choosing, you won’t ever be the same.
All too often we don’t appreciate the critical moments of life until they’re over. But this time it’s obvious: what you do next matters. And the outcome is at least partially within your control.
When you feel as though the odds are against you, you know you’re on the right track. If other people don’t understand your idea, great. If someone says it’s stupid, that’s even better.
Their rejection can be your fuel. Not your inspiration, because this is your own vision. Not your motivation, because you already have that. But as you make your plans and proceed with the impossible, the sense that you are up against a real challenge can keep you going.
And it is a challenge, right? If it was easy you wouldn’t feel so strong about it, and you wouldn’t be so opposed.
Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His new book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.
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