There are those that seek out new success, that embrace challenge and friction. They might be the ones you consider arrogant or hard headed, but they are the ones that change the world. The ones that don't get slowed by critics, or bogged down by listening to pedestrian ideas that ambition is selfish and narcissistic. People like Nikolai Tesla, Carl Sagan, or a contemporary visionary, like Elon Musk.
Some of my own advice: The vast majority of advice is garbage. Surround yourself with smart, capable, successful people, and watch how they accomplish their life goals. Have conversations about success, about industry, about embracing life's goals. When you focus your energy on your passions and your ambitions, you will find your excitement for accomplishing these things- and it makes you an interesting person. Would you rather sit and chat with someone that talks about their latest drinking experience every night, or someone that is trying to build an electric car in their garage? Or maybe someone that has a fascination with macro economics in the internet age?
I want to be one of those people. I want to be a good story teller, an ambitious leader, a passionate engineer. I want to look back on my life and see the things that were accomplished, and feel proud that I did the most with what I had. The family I built, the people I touched, the changes I made.
Thank you, James Whittaker, for sharing with me- you put into words what I have been feeling for a very long time.
Read his book here.