“Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one ‘s living in – it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.”
— Midnight in Paris
Sometimes it can be frustrating to do so much, yet feel so far away from where you want to be.
Wherever you are, whatever you are aiming to do, there’s always going to be that next level.
A place where you’re smarter, better, more connected…
more ______ than you already are. And the more you do, the more there is to do.
There’s always a level up you can climb and a level down you can atrophy. That goes for every aspect of your life too:
Working at Starbucks for minimum wage > working at a 9 to 5 for 10k a year > 50k > 100k > Becoming a millionaire, Billionaire >
Having no friends > having a friend > groups of friends > online following > deeper friends > nationwide connection > global network > super-connector >
Bootstrapping a startup > Getting your first client/customer> Making a profit > Growing your team > Exiting or IPO > Becoming the next Amazon, Google or Apple >
Loving the process
The next level is a lifelong pursuit. Striving for greatness is a fine balance between being good with where you are while pursuing a better you (and life). In our connected world of follows, downloads, likes, and shares, you have to have the right intentions — personal growth, helping others, making deep connections etc.— behind your actions. Pursuit, with the right intentions, can be a fun process of striving for the next level of performance. However with wrong intentions — for personal gain (money, power, attention) — will be a nightmare and leave you in a cycle for wanting more more more and being miserably unhappy. Growth vs. Greed. Passion vs. Dissatisfaction. Happiness vs. Longing
So the question is where will you plant your flag?
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
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“Excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over again. You can hit a half-court shot once. That’s just the luck of the draw. If you consistently do it… that’s excellence.” — Jay-Z