Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun. – Christina Rossetti

What have you always wanted to do but didn’t?

Start that now.

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I did what I understood, and what I was interested in, and what I loved.  It was not reckless, as I secretly worried it was, but neither was it as brave as some people have suggested.  It was urgent and irresistible – like falling in love with exactly the wrong person by all objective standards and exactly the perfect one by the only standard that matters to you. – Martha Fay – on buying a house in Italy

I might be closing on some property myself in a few months. Nothing as exciting as a house in Italy, but exciting for me nonetheless. Fay’s description of “urgent and irresistible” is exactly how I feel about my passion for real estate investing.

What are you passionate about?

What hobbies or goals make you feel like you’re falling in love?

Are you able to dismiss naysayers who might say you’ve picked the wrong one “by all objective standards” and instead stick to “exactly the perfect one by the only standard that matters to you?”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Guiding Principles

January 28, 2015

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they […]

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John Lennon on Happiness

January 21, 2015

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. […]

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Alfred Perlman on Starting Over

December 17, 2014

After you’ve done a thing the same way over two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. –  Alfred Perlman End of year is usually when people get introspective. Take advantage of that reflection and ask the big question […]

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Richard Sapit on Time and the Trivial

December 10, 2014

Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial. - Richard Sapit We’re almost at the end of another year. What did you spend it on? Did you worry about things that didn’t happen? Did you complain about slights that no longer matter or problems that worked themselves out? What do you want to carry over […]

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Barbara Sher on Now

December 3, 2014

“Now” is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating. - Barbara Sher What […]

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Dave Barry On Potential

November 26, 2014

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be:  “meetings.  – Dave Barry If you didn’t laugh out loud at this quote, then check your pulse. Even if you didn’t think it was LOL funny as […]

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William Feather On Happiness

November 19, 2014

Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. — William Feather I’m very guilty of this one, as I am a worrier. (I also harbor grudges so if I’m not worrying about the future, I’m stewing about the past!). Are you so focused on problems that you […]

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Christopher Reeve On Possibility

November 12, 2014

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. – Christopher Reeve  This is so true of big goals. Graduation seems daunting to a child, but we’ve done it multiple times – elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and […]

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