Don’t Quote Me On This But…

There’s been two things I’ve been consistently craving ever since visiting Oxford. One is dark beer, the other is a good book.

When I was younger I was always reading, but when high school came around I got too busy with homework and other obligations to have much time left to read for enjoyment. Ever since picking up that book in Oxford I’ve started to rediscover my passion for reading. I quickly finished this first book and since then I’ve been on the hunt for new things to read. I picked up another book in Madrid and recently bought a third in London to take me through to the end of my trip.

With good books comes many good quotes and in the past month there have been several that have stuck out to me. The three following quotes don’t actually come from the books I read, but they are very relevant to what I’ve been learning and thinking about recently.

“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

“It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

As these quotes popped up in my life over the past few weeks, gradually, they started to make even more sense to me as I arranged them side by side in my mind.

I’m not writing this out as advice to everyone else necessarily, this is the just the way these quotes happened to speak to me at this point in time.

  1. Pick a goal
    • Don’t limit yourself
    • Choose the absolute best thing you could ever imagine being a reality
  2. Take steps towards that goal
    • Only you can decide what these steps should be
    • Fear will inevitably creep in, this is a hint at the possibility of your goal becoming a reality
    • Take that hint and follow it
  3. Know that you probably will not end up anywhere near where you expect to go
    • The likelihood of your goal being realized is probably very small
    • Accept this and know that it isn’t a bad thing
    • Be excited about where you might end up instead
    • Wherever you do end up is still a consequence of pursuing your original goal which came from your own imagination, and yet the actual outcome will likely not even part of what you imagined which is pretty amazing
    • Whatever the outcome is, you will end up where you need to be.

The lesson I learned from these quotes is actually summed up quite well by this one final quote from Hunter S. Thompson.

“The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important.” – Hunter S. Thomson

Article by Mike Brichta

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