When we say we “are” something, we broadcast our identity. This is what we stand for, what we believe in, and how we want people to think of us.
Voicing our identity is good. Demonstrating it through our actions is better. People are skeptical, so we need evidence to support our case.
So, what’s your identity?
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It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others. When we do, we compare our level of happiness to theirs. We assign ourselves a “relative” level of happiness.
We’d be better off focusing on our own, actual happiness.
Don’t quit your day job.
That sounds weird coming from me. After all, a big part of my story is that I quit my job.
But, I didn’t wake up one day and think, “I don’t like my job anymore. I’m going to quit.” Instead, it was a calculated risk. It was something I did to take back control.
I decided to live my life on my own terms. So the real advice is:
Don’t quit your day job without a plan.
My biggest goal in life is to deliver a college commencement speech. It’s gonna happen. In fact, I’ve already written the speech:
When life gives you lemons, you don’t have to make lemonade. You can make whatever the hell you want. You can throw them out and ask for something else – something less sour.
Don’t waste your only life doing something you don’t enjoy. Instead, find what you love – what keeps you up at night – and do more of that.
And don’t stop looking until you find it.
We’ve heard this all our lives. Or at least I have, thanks to Paula Abdul and that creepy cartoon cat.
It’s an old saying, and it makes sense—for magnets. But for the way we normally use it, it’s too simple.