Great reminder in a Forbe’s article written by Josh Linkner on grit:
• A clear goal
• Determination despite others’ doubts
• Self-confidence about figuring it out
• Humility about knowing it doesn’t come easy
• Persistence despite fear
• Patience for the small stuff that obscures the path
• A code of ethics they live by
• Flexibility in the face of roadblocks
• A capacity for human connection and collaboration
• A recognition that accepting help does not equate to weakness
• A focus and appreciation of each step in the journey
• An appreciation of other people’s grit
• A loyalty that never sacrifices connections along the way
• An inner strength that brings them to their goal
“..getting the focus off the centeredness of your life on the business of serving. The irony of it is that when you get to the point where you’re able to do it and let go of that outcome, all of the stuff that you chased after and worked so hard for and figured you had to have, begins to chase after you and show up in your life. You’re no longer on the treadmill. It’s like a surrendering.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Here is what passion feels like, as Mike Hagen so eloquently puts:
You’ll know exactly what passion is when you have it. It’s what you’re thinking about when you’re waiting in line or driving your car. It’s what you’re dreaming about when your head hits the pillow at night. It’s what you’re doing any spare moment you have.
If it’s a startup you’re passionate about, you wake up every morning, bouncing off the walls excited to get to work. Days just fly by. At the end of each day you have a hard time leaving the office, not because there’s a lot of work (though there always is), but because it doesn’t feel like work at all. You love it. And when you’re home, you’re working. And if you’re not working, you’re thinking about working. Your mind feels like it’s about to explode with excitement. Your body shakes with optimism. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Your friends/significant other have to drag you away and force you to eat, sleep, exercise or hang out. It consumes you. It’s life and it’s *the* life. It’s a fantastic feeling.
We got one shot at this thing called life. Follow your passions today. Tomorrow might never arrive.
But you don’t need someone else to tell you how it feels like, you have to experience it yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Mason’s charming farewell letter to Groupon when he got fired, but here’s another thing that placed a smile on my face and made me fall in love with Digg – Digg’s blog post on monetization.
We don’t want to build a product, we want to build a sustainable product — one that lasts a long time and ultimately touches hundreds of millions of people. Today, our product is about 1% done, but waiting to experiment with monetization models until the product has reached some notion of maturity would be a mistake. In reality, our product will never be “finished,” and designing the business separate from the product would result in a disconnected experience that does a disservice to both.
And that is exactly what we stand by here at Beautimy. We want to build something that lasts and that means that there is a lot of experimenting to do. Our work is never completed.
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”- John F. Kennedy
As an entrepreneur, I’m often overwhelmed by the scope of my work. At times, I begin to long for the perceived certainty of working for an established company with a fixed routine and clearly defined responsibilities and a boss to cushion the mistakes, but nah. I know deep in my heart that I want to own and build something with my bare hands, no matter how difficult it is to do so. My heart bleeds every time something goes terribly wrong with my start-up, but that heartache is something that is worth enduring.
In times when I’m casted with endless self-doubt, I seek comfort from people who went through the same path. The human civilization has lasted for such a long time and whatever scenario you think you’re going through that is specific to you, you can probably find someone else who can relate and have coped with it fairly well.
This answer by Jimmy Wales on Quora to the question, What was the biggest turning point in Jimmy Wales’ life?, left me thinking and restored for some reason.
But my life, good and bad, is a series of decisions every single day. Some decisions are bigger than others, but no decision is bigger than that ‘every single day’ series of decisions. The thousands and millions of decisions you make are much more powerful than any one ‘big’ decision.
Why is this important? A lot of young people are worried that they’ll make the wrong “single big decision” when the moment comes. You might. You might not. It won’t matter nearly as much as you might think. Every single day you have the power to decide differently, to choose a new path, and that includes decisions about whether to study something new, whether to work an extra hour or go home, whether to watch this movie or that, whether to read this book or that. And all those little choices are critical – get a few of them wrong, but try to get most of them right.
Over the last year, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most brillant people with rather impressive accomplishments to their name. However, one thing I also notice is that they’re control freaks who left almost nothing to chance, and this can be a rather unhealthy way to live, because they’re so used to success and accolades that when things don’t go their way, they are immensely devastated.
Because I strongly believe that a company is a reflection of the founding team’s thoughts, words and actions, I’ll blog about anything that I’ve spent quite some time thinking about here. Recently, I’ve found great comfort from the craziness of my workday through the wisdom of someone like Alec Ross, who is in politics and outside of the tech or beauty world. When everything around you seem to be burning into ashes, seek solace from people who actually know what they’re talking about. People who seem to have a deep understanding of the human condition and who would be able to uplift you with the conviction and clarity of their words. Step away for a little bit. He was quoted in the nzherald:
“We live in a nuanced world. That may make my work occasionally more complicated. And it may put me in the crosshairs for more criticism. But as long as the work we are doing has integrity and is all for the good I’m going to keep doing it.”
If you believe in the true value of your work, you can withstand the criticism much, much better.
“Most people believe that security and liberty are equal both opposite. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other. Liberty without security is fragile. Security without liberty is oppressive.”
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