Below is a quote from the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. I'm enjoying the book, but it's not exactly a blueprint for how I want to live my life. However, what I am loving about it is the author's energy, and how he talks about the ability we all have to bend reality to our will.
I find that so fascinating, because it reminds me a lot of how Steve Jobs talked about life. Tim has a lot of interesting ideas about life, especially about doing what you value rather than doing what makes you feel you have earned approval. He just believes in what he wants and, as he says, bends reality to make it happen, no matter how crazy.
It'd be easy to dismiss this as overly idealistic self-belief if the proof wasn't in the pudding. The very fact that he wrote this book and sold millions of copies of it makes me question what's really possible. This book easily could have bombed. It doesn't scream best seller to me, because it's not like it was researched for years and contains troves of information dug up from an ancient cave in Nepal. Instead, it's just Tim talking about Tim stuff. But truly, he sees what he wants and he goes for it. Or rather, he just seems to command it into existence.
I have been thinking this over and asking myself how often I bend to what I consider reality, rather than the other way around. I'm going to give it a try and see what happens if I consider the crazy to be the rationale. What if I skewed my perspective so much that what previously seemed impossible becomes my new standard for normal? It'd be curious to find out!
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. 'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way.”