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Out of Our Minds
Thursday, October 13, 2005 1:05 AM
Set sail for the impossible
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

The secret of life is to have a task, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is: It must be something you cannot possibly do.

~ Henry Moore


I posted a while ago about putting your favorite quote to work. When I ran across this quote on Jennifer Warwick's blog, it got me thinking how it applies to where we go in our careers, and our lives in general.

I think most of us have a tendency to take the coastal sailing approach to dreams. It's hard for us to believe that there really is land across the water, so we stick to the coastlines, only letting ourselves dream as far as we can 'realistically' see. When our dreams start to drift out past our immediate line of sight, we start telling ourselves how wildly unrealistic, improbable, and impractical that is.

What we don't take into account is what I call The Horizon Effect. What we can see changes as we move forward. What was out of sight and unlikely yesterday becomes distantly possible today, and solidly achievable tomorrow.

By sticking to the coastline, we limit what the future can become.

So here's a question to ponder as you put this quote to work. Where are you sticking to the coastline in your own life? What would your dreams look like if you set your sights on the impossible?


1 comment

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/13/2005 7:49:03 PM
This is what Living la vida fearless is all about. Go into deeper waters, cross over the rapids, hit the swells face on. Where would we be if Christopher Columbus chose to stay near the shore?
Set sail for higher grounds and enjoy the trip that gets you there. I promise you, face your fears, and life will look different.
Living la vida fearless,
Jan
www.tobeyourbest.net
blog: http://livinglavidafearless.blogstream.com

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