Push the Limits, but… (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 91)
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
— Steve Jobs
We all have someone we look up to. Someone we call our hero. That one person we try to idolize in thinking, behavior, and in every other way. The people we attempt to mimic are different to us. There are unlike everyone else, even others in the same line of work, and that is why we look up to them.
The problem with idolizing others is that it can have an adverse affect on your mind. While it may challenge you to do the same things that made them successful, it can also cause you to make some of the same decisions that proved bad for them. Or, if something worked for them, there’s no guarantee that it will work for you.
Take Steve Jobs, for example. He dropped out of school to work on the now super-powerful tech company, Apple. It worked just fine for him. He knew inside He could change the world, and he did just that. But dropping your education may not be the best route to take for you. It is quite clear that, for most of us, education is worth finishing.
When you decide to push the limits and go against established norms and practices, make sure you have a plan that is balanced and supported by your common sense. Work on plan A but if it doesn’t quite make the cut, make sure you have plan B ready to implement. Deciding to dropout of high school or college, sit in your room, and wait for a brilliant idea to hit you sounds like a recipe for failure. Some of your best ideas will come to you while you’re doing other things.
Think every decision through. Plan, and then go over your plan, and then implement it. Get help if you need it. Set up a support system. Yes, push the limits but don’t go so far out that you can’t turn around, stuff it in the trash, and start all over again. Dare deviling is not a must-have trait. Careless, hasty actions usually lead to disaster. Instead of waiting for some miracle to happen or hoping that someone comes along at the right time to save you, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a decision. Pray about it. Sleep on it. Think with your head, not your feelings. And always strive to find balance between making your dreams happen and common sense.
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”
— Seth Godin