The Pursuit of Excellence Practical steps toward happiness


You’ve gotta dream

I love my life, but I’m working to create one that’s even greater.  I’m doing it for me.  I want to know what I’m capable of.

Dreaming is my first step in getting there.  It’s damn near impossible to create something you can’t imagine.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

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The sweet spot

I dream about finding work that feels like play; a calling that makes me lose track of time, and forget to eat.  Ideally I’m great at whatever this is, and I get paid like a rockstar.  I’ll keep following this dream, but won’t agonize because I don’t have it figured out just yet.  In the meantime I’ll keep learning while doing what I enjoy most.

I imagine meeting every challenge with couragefacing my worst fears, even welcoming them in.  I will always try to act with integrity.  I will not cheat, steal, or lie.  I will stand up for what I believe is right, especially when it’s difficult.

I will try to love everyone unconditionally because that’s how you create a better world.  When I meet others struggling with arrogance, hatred, and indifference, I will remember that those negative emotions are also opportunities for growth–theirs and mine.

I’m going to laugh more because life can be comical if you let it.  It’s incredible, and beautiful, and terrible.  We have such a short time to experience it all, why not try to appreciate even the ‘bad’ parts?

I will work hard to publish a book, and to launch a business.  I will play guitar in a band, and get in the best shape of my life.  I will spend my winters somewhere warm.

My dreams are now in print for the world to see.

What are you dreaming about?

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  1. I want to be a scientist, but I’m not very smart. I try to understand and read about it, but math is very difficult for me, no matter how much I study. Not only that, but even if I do begin to understand it, am I smart enough to create original, working theories? And if I do, I’m sure I’ll be too shy to speak about them…
    I’m getting a programming degree now, but not doing so well… I’m just not smart enough to do anything. I usually feel lonely and bored, because none of my ‘friends’ care about science, and they are only doing programming for the money. I just feel confused about life because no one I know cares about anything that I care about. Life feels so hopeless…

    • Hi Ashley, thanks for your comment.

      Feeling hopeless is something everyone experiences at times in their lives. The good news is that it doesn’t last forever. Life will get better.

      Consider this: all of the people in the top 10 percent of their field–science, business, math, whatever–were once in the bottom 10 percent. How did they get to the top? They dreamed about what they wanted to become, then they worked hard to get there.

      You sound like a smart woman from the way you write, but being “smart” has a lot more to do with what you learn than what you’re born with. I failed grade 11 math twice. I just could not wrap my head around the idea of multiplying letters by numbers. I went to my teacher for extra help but nothing worked. Until I took the course a third time, in summer school, where it was taught in a very different way. It was like a lighbulb going on, and since that day math became a lot easier for me. I passed the course with a 90 percent.

      So when you say you’re not smart I don’t accept that. Maybe you are in the wrong field? Maybe you learn differently than other people? Or maybe you just need to keep at it. Learning is like building muscle. The more you work, the better the results.

      It’s too bad your friends aren’t into science. Sounds like a good reason to make some new friends who are. Do you know about the website Reddit? Most of the users are science nuts, and they even have a subcategory for science. You will probably meet some great people there. Here’s the link:

      One last thought. What you think is what you are. If you think life is hopeless, it will be. It’s hard to climb out of this pit of despair, but try to catch yourself when you think negative thoughts like “I’m not smart” and tell yourself the opposite. Whatever you want out of life is possible. I promise you that.

  2. Aim for that sweet spot!

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