Challenge, But Worth It

Nov 02 2005

What do you want to be when you grow up?

That sounds a little patronizing, I know. But it’s easy to have big dreams about things you’ve always wanted to accomplish, then leave them as big dreams.

What is the one thing you’d really like to do someday? Or two things? Or three things?

Writing a novel? Visiting Mt. Fuji? Finding the greatest cheesecake in the world? Create a cool game?

Well, you can. It’s possible. But it’s hard.

And that in itself is an interesting problem. People talk about how hard it is to do certain things, then turn right around and explain that they got in through a lucky break. Or simple persistence. How is that hard?

It’s hard because it’s hard to change ourselves. The roadblocks to greatness are the ones inside ourselves. So how do we go about changing that?

There are a bunch of ways, and I’ve been reading about them a lot over the past few years. I think I’m now ready to write about them, and provide my thoughts on them, and hopefully provide some sort of synthesis of many different approaches to self-improvement.

Once I started changing myself, my world began to change. Previous impossiblities—like starting an anime studio—started to become more than possible; they started to happen. I was living my dreams.

I want you, the people reading this blog, to live your dreams. Eric. Brennen. Stephen. Alice. Chris (both of them). Some of you are on that path; some aren’t. Doesn’t matter. Even if you’re on your way, I think I can provide you with a walking stick and smooth out some rough terrain.

Because it’s hard. But it’s so worth it.

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