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Our Endlessly Surprising Originality

"At our core, with all our similarities, each of us is a completely unique creation. But going too far with our originality is risky, because on some level, we are herd animals. When we go too far from the pack, we begin to feel insecure. So we protect ourselves by limiting the power of our radical and endlessly surprising originality. We’re afraid of the extremes it might lead us to. 

Our gifts won’t come out until they sense they will be honored. And when we honor our gifts, we begin to see the scary, magnificent path to the things that matter most." 

- Ken Page

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Permanent Vacation

"I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Jamaica, checking my e-mail, two people walk by and in a harsh whisper a women says to her friend, “isn’t that sad?  That guy comes here on a vacation and he’s stuck checking his e-mail. He can’t even enjoy his two weeks off.” I think the real question (the one they probably wouldn’t want to answer) was, “isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do 50 weeks a year?” It took me a long time to figure out why I was so happy to be checking my e-mail on vacation. It had to do with passion."

Seth Godin.  

 

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RELAX. YOUR SHIP WILL ONLY COME WHEN THE SEA IS CALM.

Feel like you're drowning?  I hope I see the day when the word “work” is associated with gratification and satisfaction instead of distress and monotony. Hopefully someday “work hard” will no longer be perceived as putting time and energy into an undesirable act for a desired result. In order for that to happen, we need to change the desired result from money to waking up feeling excited about the “work” we are about to do. The funny thing is that once you do that the money will follow. 

© Tim McKenna // Athlete: Teiva Joyeux // Location: Teahupoo, French Polynesia

You'll have a whole eternity to think inside the box.

By wrdbnr.com

Do you feel like you already know what today is going to be like? Routines and comfort zones threaten our growth. If a relationship's not growing, if your skills aren't growing, if you're not growing, it doesn't matter how much money you have, how many people love you, you're not happy. If you feel like your days are mundane and predictable then pretty soon your weeks will be the same. Then months, years and even your whole life. Make it a habit to surprise yourself with spontaneous adventures.

More important than skills or knowledge is your emotion and psychological strength. This invisible force shapes your destiny. Your ability will get you up in the air; your state of mind will land you safely.

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