The reward in the struggle to find purpose

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” ~ Buddha

Growing up, I used to envy those people who seemed to be shot out of the womb with a purpose, like they always knew what they wanted to do. But these days I think there’s a great reward in the struggle to find that purpose.

(I seriously doubt that the Buddha actually said that, but hey, it sounds impressive, whoever said it.)

Don’t let yesterday contain the greatest things you’ve ever done

Via a friend on Facebook:

“My advice: Don’t let yesterday contain the greatest things you’ve ever done. Make tomorrow contain your next great goal. Because once you feel your greatest days are behind you, you begin to die.”

At the very least that quote is about the importance of having goals.

No dreams come without a bill

“No dreams come without a bill. The reality of making something happen is just a ton of hard work.”

~ Peter Gabriel

Cubs' Kris Bryant on daily, attainable goals alvin July 4, 2014 - 10:12am

This is a good line on just thinking about “daily, attainable” goals, especially when you consider that it was spoken by a very talented 22-year old (Kris Bryant, currently of the Iowa Cubs). The clipping comes from this story.

A letter to Future Me

Like many other people, during the months of December and January I reflect on the year that's passed, and come up with some goals for the next year. Over the years this has led me to:

The magic of deadlines (Software best practices) alvin August 6, 2011 - 2:16pm

Wow, I've been reminded lately how important deadlines are.

I've been working on this website all summer, but at a moderate pace. Then recently I put together some goals for the end of the year, which, in turn, led to other short-term goals. Now, it turns out that my short term goals are hard to meet, but not impossible.