Tag: derek-sivers


Heroes and Goals

Derek Sivers posted this past Sunday about how who your heroes are is a good indication of what you want to do. An interesting idea that brought up a memory of a college interview I had years ago.

I was pretty confident that I wanted to be a programmer and was applying to The University of La Verne. I had a one on one interview, a get to know you meeting, with a professor of Computer Science at the school. Seta Whitby asked me a question that I have always struggled with:

"What gets you up in the morning?".

Today, as then, I have no good answer to that question.

My answer remains the same:

"Because I have to."

Sometimes I wonder if I had looked up to more people earlier in my life would I have found a different path?
But, then I take a moment and think about my life now and I am happy, content with where I am and what I'm doing.
Just because I don't wake up every morning trying to cure cancer doesn't mean that I lack anything. It just means I haven't found an answer ... yet

Subtraction

Derek Sivers writes about constraints in a very broad brush

Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes us to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting.

I have been thinking lately that I need to make changes to how I approach life in order to get to where I want to be.

I have some vague goals that I want to work toward in 2019 and I am trying to focus them into SMART steps to be successful. I guess the first step would be to subtract what I do not really need to focus on.

Sometimes the secret to success is subtracting.