What is your definition of success? Everyone might have different answers to this question, but I believe that true success comes from contributing to a cause that matters to you in a balanced way. There are two parts here. First, you need to contribute to a cause that matters to you. Second, you need to do that in a balanced way. If you do these two things, you will have a fulfilling life.
A while back, I read Personal Finance for Dummies. I found statements in the book that intrigued me: “Many people toil away at work, dreaming about a future in which they can … do what they want, when they want. People often assume that this magical day will arrive when they retire…” “Many of the people I speak to say that they do want to retire, and most say the sooner, the better.”
Are you living your own life? Or are you living someone else’s life? The questions above might seem simple, but they are important. After all, one of the most common lifetime regrets is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
I’m currently reading Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. The book is about how nations throughout history reached prosperity or poverty. In essence, nations reach prosperity through innovations that bring them to new economic heights. The Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century is a prime example.
A while back, I wrote about how to find your best possible life. Now, I’d like to dig deeper into it by discussing two things that you need to balance along the way. You see, finding your best life is a journey. It’s not something that just happens to you. In particular, there are two things you need to balance to find your best life: planning and randomness. You need both of them and you need to balance them.
In my previous post, I wrote about building a passion for lifelong learning. Having a passion for lifelong learning is essential to help you reach your full potential. Now, I’d like to cover what I believe is a good way to learn about life: reading biographies.