If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
Do what you love. Trust it. Your passions will lead you where you ultimately want to go. It may get messy in the middle of the journey. At times it may seem you’re in the wrong place altogether. Things may get painful and stormy. But trust your heart. Time and life will prove to you that following its calling is the truest path to your greatest fulfillment and happiness.
If you have a dream, a talent, a voice—if you have something inside you that wants to come out, go for it. The only thing holding you back is you. The voices in your head telling you all the reasons you can’t go for it are just ghosts from the past… whisperings of other people’s fears and uncertainty. They’re not yours!
The path your heart unfolds for you might not look like it’s taking you where you want to go. It might not give you the “picture” in your head about how things, life, people and situations are supposed to look. But if you tune in deep and get the feeling of the place your heart has brought you, you’ll realize it’s the deeper gift you were looking for.
Stick to things. Persistence pays! It’s a cliché because it’s so doggone true.
Don’t be afraid to change horses in the middle of the stream. Yes, you might get wet. So what? And yes, this sounds like the direct opposite of persistence. But it’s not. It’s about awareness. You may have persisted long and hard at something—building a career or a relationship or a product. You may have followed a passion for decades.
And then… suddenly your heart’s not in it anymore.
Pay attention. It’s a message. And the message is: Life is movement. When we stop moving, we’re dead.
If life is calling you to another horse, get on and ride it. Wave goodbye to your old steed. Bless it! Be grateful! Honor it! Move on and don’t worry—you’re taking it with you in spirit. The first horse brought you to the second horse. It paved the way. Grew you up. Gave you lessons. Made you a better rider. The next horse … ah, the next horse, where will it lead?
Embrace the unknown.
Court it. Demand it. Sitting around on the laurels of the known is incredibly comfortable. But … there’s no growth there and no new horizons. You don’t know what you don’t know! And discovering what you don’t know is the doorway to freedom.
Let life surprise you. Don’t be afraid. The nature of life is growth and it will bring good things to grow you.
Embrace fear. Make friends with it. Listen to it. But don’t let it choose the path for you.
And if it does, love yourself. Take heart. Take time and find ways to consciously grow your courage. Baby birds wait on the edge of the nest until their flight feathers have gown to support them.
And then they soar.