Listen for the things unsaid

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Career / Journal

My mom recently asked me where I wanted to be in about 5 years. Everybody should have a 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year plan, right? I admitted that I didn’t know. “You have to know!” She said. “How do you know what to do if you don’t know where to go?”

I’ve often struggled with gaining clarity around my future. While many of my friends already had their life planned out – a stable career, a house, a baby, a dog, holidays with both sides of the family, etc. – I shuddered with such predictable outcomes. “I’m still in my twenties!” I said to friends, many of which are already either married or engaged.

What I later realized was perhaps I was afraid of admitting what I truly wanted. Partially because it seemed like a ridiculous aim, and the other reason was the long road to get there. So here it goes:

I want to help people publish world-changing ideas.

Not necessarily world-changing to you, but it could be world-changing to someone else. It could radically shift their mindset. For me, one of those books is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It doesn’t have to be a personal development book either – or books for that matter. A breath-taking photograph or a captivating speech (e.g. Steve Job’s commencement speech) is a form of publishing. A song with an aim to shift our cultural conversation is another.

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