Every day I spend some time just thinking about life. At least a few hours a day during commute, before sleep, eating, waiting, it all adds up.
When I think about my future, I like to think big. In a few years from now I will be cruising on a 4 million dollar yacht, or flying on one of my private jets around Costa Rica, Cuba, or the Philippines. I will be making a few millions a month and perhaps even have my own Luxury Magazine. Even then, I sometimes think my dreams are not big enough. That I might get behind or something, so I keep dreaming.
If you've ever tried to climb a tree before, you know it's quite complex. You have to think about your every next move. And execute while thoughts of fear and doubt pop into your consciousness.
- "Is it worth it?"
- "Why are you even climbing this tree"
- "You might fall, look at how high it is"
- "You are dumb."
Once you've reached your highest point, It sure is worth it. All you want to do is just stay there and relax. There is no urgent need to get down. Perhaps because you can't figure out how and now you are stuck, but most likely because of the feeling from being over the world.
I grew up climbing my backyard tree. And I knew every branch on that tree better than I knew the palm of my hand. No one could climb that tree faster or better than I could. And I was 7 back then.
In life we must find our tree, and learn to climb it faster and better than anyone else. I guess I'm trying to compare climbing a tree to climbing towards success. Or something like that. It makes sense, doesn't it.
I still don't know how I will climb my way to owning a 4 million dollar yacht, or making so much money a month. But I know I will climb whichever tree takes me there.
For architecture class, me and a friend had to sculpt a home object out of bars of soap. At first we thought of doing a simple kitchen, or perhaps a couch like everyone else. But we wanted to take on a challenge. So we thought of making an outdoor playground. He asked me how we were going to sculpt it. I said "I don't know, but we will."
Few weeks later, and the playground sculpture is complete.
Not too shabby for our first sculpture. Although it broke many, many times, and our fingers knocked it down every once in a while, we now have some knowledge we can apply to our next sculpture, whether it'd be a playground, house, or a 4 million dollar yacht.
Climbing a tree just turned into creating a sculpture. Or getting whatever it is you wan't out of life. Take on the most challenging goals, as they are the ones which end up benefiting you in the long run.