Before I get into this, I realize that I am living with completely different circumstances than most people, and probably was fortunate enough to have a job earning income throughout this crisis.
I also understand that I may be putting the people I care about into a tough position, since if I run out of funds I will be dependent on their support and may become a financial burden.
But here are some of the reasons why I decided to quit my job in order to pursue my dreams.
I try to think 5–10 years into the future. I imagine myself going down the road I am currently in, working at a job that I do not enjoy, secretly wishing I could quit and pursue something I am genuinely interested in and will satisfy my intellectual curiosity and allow me to work on creative endeavors. …
These days, I’ve been wondering about the idea of a transcendent morality.
Nietzsche foresaw that humans would have to become gods themselves in order to escape the imminent nihilism that would befall mankind.
Dostoevsky portrays in Crime and Punishment that if the philosophy of “God does not exist, so everything is permitted” is followed to its logical conclusion, there shall only be anguish and torment.
In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov creates a rational argument which gives him the justification of killing an old, money hoarding, exploiting, and overall dislikable woman in order to save his sister and mother from unfortunate circumstances. …
My mind concocted quite an evil thought.
My mother was suffering from many things, much unknown to me.
Every time she would identify a pain in her body (it differed each day and usually got worse), I would not be able to put on a brave face.
Whenever she suffered, I felt an emotion that I could not identify.
A part of it was the helplessness I felt every time she suffered. A part of it was the devilish indifference I felt since the suffering was not my own.
I would sit in the living room, reading and taking notes, preparing to create a plan for me to move forward in this life. I had to get serious about my plans and needed to focus. …
As I have done for the last two months.
In the same seat, at the same table, never failing to arrive at the same time.
10AM, right as the long hand of the clock hits 12, I appear from the corner staggering, desperately making my way to grab the hot cup of nectar* that will awaken me from the grogginess of my recent slumber.
(*nectar since I drown my coffee with cream and agave)
I’ve become notorious at this cafe, because I’m basically the guy breathing down the neck of the barista every morning. I see them coming from the opposite end of the block and I’m already there to meet them at the door. …
I’ll spare you the generic intro and get right into the causes of failure:
“Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly.
Men who fail reach decisions, if at all, very slowly, and change them frequently, and quickly.
Indecision and procrastination are twin brothers. Where one is found, the other may usually be found also. Kill off this pair before they completely “hog-tie” you to the treadmill of failure.”
I felt like Mr. Hill stabbed my soul with this rule, because I identified closely with his second description of indecisive people. …
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
— Napoleon Hill
In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill lays out thirty one (quite a specific number, huh?) major reasons why people fail in achieving their goals.
While all thirty one reasons are useful, I thought it would be helpful to share a few rules that most resonated with me.
“There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed had no such aim. Perhaps this was the major cause of their…
A young, free-spirited boy who we all know and love.
He was the magical boy who had a golf session at 4 and a ballet recital at 5.
Perhaps in your mind, as it was in mine, Peter Pan looked a bit more innocent and light-hearted. I was surprised to find that he was able to make such a mischievous expression.
The face of Peter Pan is that of an Archetypal Trickster.
The downward arch of his eyebrows, lowered gaze, and smirk indicates an ulterior motive. …
Don’t ask yourself a question that already has an underlying doubt in your own ability and sovereignty.
There really is no objective answer to this question, yet we ponder for days and months.
This way of phrasing the question makes us believe that life is black and white. If we start with this question from the get-go, we neglect the important follow up questions that need more scrutiny.
“Can I Make My Dream Come True?”
It’s also a loaded question that needs a lot of unpacking.
It’s different for everyone.
We’ve all asked ourselves this question, whether it was consciously or unconsciously. …
I was reading Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life, and in the final pages of the chapter “Set Your House In Perfect Order Before You Criticize The World”, he told me to ask myself a few questions.
Consider your circumstances. Start small. Have you taken full advantage of the opportunities offered to you?
As soon as I asked myself this question, I knew the answer was a resounding “No”. There were countless opportunities that I could have taken that would have made my life better, but I chose to either turn a blind eye or simply turn them down.
If you ask yourself this question honestly, you will be able to identify current opportunities that present themselves to you. …
I just finished reading a book written by Charles Bukowski. It was called Post Office. I didn’t have much love for it, although I guess you can say it was a fun read.
What I recently read from a review was interesting. The reader said that she reads Bukowski not for profundity but just to get her mind off everything and just allow the chaos to consume her life. …