11 Lessons for Living a Fulfilling Life

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Do you want your life to have meaning? Do you want to be able look back and know that your life was well spent?

“We have the ability to craft a life where we are completely fulfilled. We think it is dependent on outsiders, and to some extent it is, but it is much more dependent on the attitude we bring to life.” – Srikumar Rao

Here are some lessons, big and small, that I have learned that lead me toward a more fulfilled life. Some of the lessons help me to enjoy life as it happens, and not let it go by in a blur. Other lessons allow me to stay on a true path. Taken together, I believe these lessons are helping me to live the life I should be living.

1. Enjoy the little things. When you are folding laundry, be very aware of folding laundry. Enjoy the warmth of the items fresh out of the dryer, the way that order is created out of chaos as the disorganized pile becomes stacks of neatly folded items, the smell of the clean clothes, the sun streaming in through the laundry room window. Don’t rush through, but savor the moment. Imagine what it would be like if you lost the ability to do laundry; make the memories of joy now to serve you in the future.

2. Do something strenuous. It’s funny how when I’m sitting on the couch watching TV I don’t want to get up and do something, but if I force myself to get up I find that I really enjoy it and feel much better for having done it. I have found time and again that really strenuous tasks, like hiking to the top of a mountain or jogging ten miles, have the capacity to take me out of myself and make me extraordinarily joyful. It might be the endorphins, but for whatever reason, many of my happiest memories are from times of extreme physical exertion. And from napping on the couch after the exertion is done!

3. Do something meaningful. It’s easy to get caught in the rut of doing the things that need to be done, like laundry, dishes, running errands, etc. These things fill our time, but not our need for meaning. Work on something big – that novel you’ve always wanted to write, the business you want to start, the project you want to accomplish. For some people doing laundry is part of a meaningful existence, of taking care of family, but for other people it is just a task that needs to be done. Do it, and enjoy it (see lesson 1), but make time to work on something that is meaningful to you.

4. Live true to your core values. Know what your core values are – kindness, faithfulness, family comes first, honesty, staying healthy, creating something, work/life balance, etc. Make sure that the choices that you make are in line with your values. Your meaningful activities will come out of your core values. Some of my core values are to create, learn, and explore. Each day I try to create and learn, and at least once a week I explore some place I have never been before.

5. Know that you are doing the right thing. Understand that you are where you should be. You may be in the process of learning something, so that you can move on from the current state. You may be on the journey toward a distant goal. I am currently on a journey of writing apps, living a happily-married life, with time each week for friends, family and adventure.

6. Get together with people. Having lunch with a friend or visiting a family member can make a huge difference in your feelings of connectedness. Start the visit with a big smile. As you listen, be compassionate but remember that they own their problems, as you own yours. Find something that you enjoy about the person or the get-together, and mention it.

Get together on a schedule that suits your nature. I’m somewhat of an introvert, and find that lunch with a friend once a week, plus seeing family a couple of times, is enough for me.

7. Avoid excess. If you eat too much, the food that you do eat is less pleasing. Likewise if you take it easy for too long, you will get less and less value out of resting. In order to avoid excess, put variety into your life. When you have sat for awhile, get up and do something that requires moving around. If you have eaten, put some distance between yourself and food. Remember that contrasts make you happy. If you are cold, sitting in the warm sun also warms your spirits. When you are thirsty a glass of water can be delightful.

8. Go outside. Find a place where you can see nature. It can be as simple as the trees alongside the street, or an actual outing into the countryside. Really pay attention to your senses. Feel the warm sun or a cool breeze. Smell the air. Listen to the birdsong. See the blue of the sky and the various shades of green in the landscape.

I find that being out in nature really lifts my spirits, and keeps me connected to the world. I also find more chances to do something strenuous when I am outside.

9. Let go of hatred. You may hate others because of a wrong they did to you. Remember that they did what they thought was best in how they perceive the world, and not necessarily on purpose to hurt you. If you give way to hatred, you are wasting your own life, not theirs. You are granting the wrong the ability to ruin your life.

Understand that it is a choice to hate. Acknowledge that somebody did you wrong, that it hurt you in some way. But choose not to let that be the focus of your life.

10. Do not envy or be jealous of others. Envy can eat away at your soul and erase any chance of happiness you might have. You typically envy another person because they have something that you think should belong to you. By giving in to jealousy you are ruining your chance of having the life experiences that are truly yours.

Take note of what it is that you are jealous of, then work on your own life. Stake out some territory that is your own. If necessary, give yourself a little distance from the problem. Focus on your own life, and what is good and true in it. Let the other person have their life.

11. It has to be now. You can plan for the future, but only live in the present. So each day take stock of the ways in which you are living the dream life. Perhaps you have a wonderful spouse, children, or parents. Perhaps you are actively working on something meaningful. Perhaps you have managed to let go of angry feelings towards another.

Today is the only chance that you have to live a fulfilling life.

The Number One Trait That Leads To Success

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Successful people have one key trait that differentiates them from people who lead mediocre lives.

The majority of people lead comfortable but non-distinguished lives. They go to school or work and do what they are told. When they get home, exhausted from the day, they relax in front of the TV, or perhaps in front of the computer surfing the Internet. The weekend rolls around and they treat themselves by going out shopping or to dinner and a show.

Successful people on the other hand, achieve challenging goals. Things change in their lives. They seem to get renewed energy from each day, rather than being depleted. They enjoy many of the activities enjoyed by average people, such as time with family and friends. But they also have more excitement in their lives, as their dreams and goals come to fruition.

What is it that distinguishes the successful people from the ordinary people? Is it the goals themselves? Are they just born with greater energy and drive than other people? Are they more disciplined?

I think that the answer is in the doing.

Just Try Something

The Nike slogan “Just do it!” is a good reminder of how to succeed. However, I think that slogan is too general. When you are faced with a big goal, like running a marathon or starting a company, how do you “just do it”? It can seem to be an insurmountable task. So I like to reword that slogan into “Just Try Something”.

I find that telling myself “Just Try Something” can help get me get started. It can help me get past mental blocks. And It can help me find solutions when none are apparent.

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here are three ways that you can just try something.

1. Get Started

At times it can be very difficult to get started on a task. For example, sometimes I don’t handle my mail for a few days. Then when I look at the mountain of mail that has piled up, I’m exhausted before I even get started.

In these cases I tell myself to do just one thing. Open and deal with just one envelope. I admit to cherry picking. I choose the easiest piece of junk mail to deal with. Often that gets me started and I am able to go through the entire stack.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

When you are faced with a seemingly insurmountable task, and Nike’s slogan just doesn’t help, look for a very small step that you can take in the right direction. You will find that just doing something, no matter how small, can give you new energy to take the next step.

2. Get Unstuck

When I am writing software there are times when I just can’t figure out what is causing a bug. I will have researched the topic and think that I understand. I will have single-stepped through the code looking for errors. But the code is still not doing what I want.

At times like this, I think to myself, “What can I try?”. Sometimes the only thing that I can think of is to try to prove that what I think I know is actually NOT true. If I have someone working with me they will often ask how that could possibly be the case. My answer is that, if it is the case, then we will figure out the explanation.

There were times when I discovered an error in the “truth” as I knew it. Other times, through trying something, I will notice something surprising.  Then I follow that clue, trying new experiments until I understand what is going on.

In every case my ability to just try something has eventually led to the solution.

“Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous.” — Peter Drucker

When you find yourself stuck, try to think of an experiment that can tell you more about the situation. Think of experiments that will prove or disprove something. Think of experiments that can show you if a new angle might be more successful. If you can’t think of anything to prove, then just try something to learn more.

By trying something you are guaranteed to learn. If you just sit there you won’t get anywhere. You need to take action. Do an experiment.

3. Find Your Direction

When you find yourself lost, not knowing exactly what direction to take, “Just Try Something” can be helpful advice.

Often when I am trying to come up with a blog article, I will try one topic for awhile. I will start to write anything that I can think on that topic, and hope that it will begin to flow.  If, after a couple of hours, the ideas and words don’t start to flow, I put that idea away for another day.

Then I try another topic. If I can’t think of a topic, I just start writing a list of possible topics. I don’t worry about how dumb they might sound. Eventually, perhaps after two or three tries, one topic will click and the words and ideas will flow.

When you don’t know how to get yourself closer to your goals, just try something. Allow enough time to figure out whether that path is actually taking you somewhere. If it isn’t, choose another tack and try again.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

Through the process of trying and experimenting you will make discoveries that will help you to attain your goals. Sometimes you will just learn what doesn’t work. But if you understand your subject, and try enough different tactics, eventually you will find one that does work.

“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment . . . ; If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Go out and “Just Try Something”!

How To Deal With Fear and Anxiety

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Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and immediately start thinking about all the things you have to do the next day? Next thing you know, your thoughts are leading to feelings of anxiety or dread.

Stress is bad for your health. For one thing, individuals with higher levels of chronic stress are more likely to suffer heart disease. Additionally, the Health Survey of England showed that psychological distress leads to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Stress, anxiety and fear, can prevent you from taking actions that you know you should take in order to succeed.

How can you combat stress and move forward?

Understand

Taylor Clark explains the inner workings of fear in our brains, and how anxiety is related to fear, in his book Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool.

Clark described research by neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, which showed that the sensation of fear is created by a part of the brain called the amygdala. Sensory perceptions, such as touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell, cause signals to transmit to the brain. A low detailed set of information is fed to the amygdala at lightning fast speeds, while the highly detailed information is processed more slowly by complex cortical networks.

This explains why you jump first, then realize what is scaring you afterward. The brain evolved this way so that we can have fast reactions to perceived threats.

Emory University neuroscientist Michael Davis said, “The interesting thing about fear memories is that you can learn them instantly and they last a lifetime.”

Clark explains that:

“Fear is the physical feeling you get when there’s something dangerous in front of you right now, and its simple job is to get you to safety. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a cognitive phenomenon, and it’s purpose is to protect you from potential dangers that might pop up in the future…”

Dealing With Fear

The difference between courageous people and fearful people is not whether they feel fear, but how they react to their fears. Courageous people learn to act even though they have feelings of fear.

Open yourself to truly experience the sense of being afraid. Look fear in the face, taste it and savor it. Expose yourself to the fear over and over again. Repeated exposure, with no bad consequences, helps your amygdala to learn that what frightens you is not truly dangerous.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  — Mark Twain

Neuroscientists called this technique “extinction training” and although it doesn’t guarantee that the fear will never resurface, it can alleviate the fear for a long time. If the fear does resurface, you just repeat the process.

Dealing With Anxiety and Stress

Psychologist Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Chicago were studying managers, supervisors, and executives at Illinois Bell Telephone when the company underwent a massive downsizing.

This was a major stress-inducing event, and many people suffered as a result. In the years that followed, two-thirds of the peopled studied had major health and performance issues, including heart attacks, strokes, obesity, depression, substance abuse, and poor performance reviews.

One-third of those studied, however, thrived. They maintained their health, happiness, and performance, and rose up in the company and felt renewed enthusiasm. The difference between the group that suffered and the group that thrive boiled down to three key beliefs – commitment, control, and challenge.

Navy SEALs also face some of the most stressful situations of anyone, yet some are able to rise to the top and thrive under these adverse conditions. The SEALs that thrive also exhibit the qualities of commitment, control, and challenge.

Commitment

Commitment helps you to strive to stay involved in ongoing events, rather than to be isolated. You are in the game for the long haul, and don’t give up. You accept the responsibility and road bumps along your path, and deal with them as they come. The SEALS say, “I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

Control

People who work to control their environment, rather than helplessly watch as things fall apart around them, fare better and have a more positive outlook on life. You can gain control through learning everything you need to know to face a situation, and through committing to take charge and see the task through to the end. Navy SEALs exemplify the quality of control in the saying “In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission”

Challenge

When you view a stressful situation as a challenge, you know that you can learn and grow through the process. You will be “forged by adversity”, as the Navy SEALS ethos states. Instead of being forced down by events, rise to the challenge and play the game with your whole heart.

Moving Forward

The important thing is to move forward. Make small goals that can help to get you moving. Commit to action, and don’t overthink things. Once you have a goal and are moving toward it you will find that a lot of anxiety is removed.

Keep yourself healthy by eating right, getting enough sleep, and getting plenty of exercise, especially vigorous exercise.

Prepare yourself for the obstacles you may need to overcome. Navy SEALs spend a lot of time training physically. Learn what you need, and make plans for overcoming adversity. Know what you will do when the situation arrises.

And have faith in your ability to handle bumps in the road as they occur. You don’t need to plan two miles in advance for a rough spot. Focus on the road directly in front of you.
Take action on one small goal for today.

How To Be Successful Through Innovation

 

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It may be possible to achieve a degree of success without innovation, however anyone who has achieved big success has undoubtedly done something new and innovative.

Everyone has heard of Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He has been lauded as the most innovative man of our times.

Perhaps not so many people have heard of Ramona Pierson. She made an amazing comeback from a horrific accident and went on to found two successful companies.

Let’s look at some lessons in innovation that we can learn from these two entrepreneurs.

Keep Trying Something New

If Elon Musk had stopped after his early success with Zip2, an online city guide, we probably never would have heard of him.  But he didn’t. After selling Zip2 he co-founded X.com, an online financial services and payments company. Zip2 merged with Confinity to become PayPal. Musk took the fortune he received from the sale of PayPal and created SpaceX and Tesla Motors. SpaceX faced difficulties as several of its early launch attempts ended in failure, but eventually they had a success and NASA awarded them a contract.  Elon Musk continues to come up with new ideas and try new things.

Ramona Pierson could have just given up after being hit by a drunk driver and spending 18 months in a coma. She was blind, and had to re-learn to talk and dress herself. But instead of giving up, she learned to enter life again. She went back to college to study psychology, then got a master’s degree in education and finally a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She underwent more than 100 surgeries to repair her body, and volunteered for new types of medical procedures. Her vision was restored in one eye after 11 years of being blind. She had taught herself programming and technical skills while she was still blind. She started her first company, SynapticMash, then sold it after three years for $10 million dollars. In 2012 she co-founded her second company, Declara, which uses big data and analytics to help companies rapidly acquire information.

Musk and Pierson tried new things and built off past successes. They didn’t limit themselves with fears of failure. They went ahead in spite of numerous set backs. Ramona, in particular, shows that you should never give up. But Elon also perseveres in the face of hardships.

They both keep learning. When Elon Musk wanted to start SpaceX he taught himself rocket science by reading books. Ramona had to re-learn everything after her accident, but she didn’t let that stop her.

Keep trying new things, and learning new things. You never know what might lead you to your success.

Start From The Basics

Innovative people go back to the basics. They don’t accept things just because that is how it’s always been done. They stand on the shoulders of giants, building on what has come before. But they examine how things are done, to see if there is a better way.

Elon Musk wanted to show people that travel to Mars was feasible by sending a plant to Mars, so he tried to buy a rocket from the Russians. The negotiations broke down when he felt that he was being overcharged. After working out the cost of materials, he realized that one reason why rockets are so expensive is because you throw away the rocket engine. He learned everything he could about rockets, and started SpaceX to build an affordable rocket.

Likewise, with Tesla, he looked at why electric cars weren’t very successful. He realized that they needed a larger range between recharging, and that to extend the range he would need to make the cars very light. And batteries would need to be made more cheaply. By digging down to the basics Elon Musk was able to build an electric car that didn’t just mimic what was already being done, but was new and innovative and delighted its users.

When Ramona Pierson was hired to help Seattle public schools improve their performance, she was shocked at the lack of data that was available. One of her strengths was to analyze patterns, and without the data she could not see the patterns. So she put together data collection and analysis systems, which led to her first business, SynapticMash. When she left SynapticMash she co-founded Declara, to continue working on software that would capture data and through analytics provide the right information to people at the right time.

Ramona had gone back to the basics of why it was difficult to analyze situations in order to make them better, and started treating the root problem, the lack of good data.

Look deeply at what you are trying to do. Try to understand the basics. What really drives success or failure? Try to keep your mind open and not just blindly accept things because that is the way they have always been done. Question everything.

When you get the basics right, everything else can fall into place.

Provide Value To Others

Successful entrepreneurs provide value to other people. When you provide useful services or products you are making the world a better place. When other people value your contributions enough they are willing to trade something of value (money) for the product or service that you provide.

Ramona Pierson had to relearn how to speak, cook, and get dressed after the horrific accident that left her so badly injured that she had to spend 18 months in a medically induced coma. She understood how difficult it could be to have to learn again after traumatic injury, so she teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to study how well soldiers returning from war could learn skills and remembers things. That got her started on her journey to make learning easier and better for many people.

Elon Musk asks himself, “Am I doing something useful for other people?” If it is not useful, he doesn’t do it. The Tesla car has many fans, because it works better than other electric cars, and has a longer range. PayPal, and online payments, made purchasing items online much easier. SpaceX is providing lower cost rockets and has the promise of making a trip to Mars a reality. These are all things that people valuable, and are willing and eager to buy.

You might have something that you think is a great idea, but if it doesn’t provide real value to other people, it will not sell. Run your ideas by others at an early stage to see whether they provide real value. Just because you can build something doesn’t mean that it will solve a real problem. Make sure that you are providing value to others.

 

Examine the basics of what you are trying to do, to see if something needs to change. Keep trying and learning new things. Make sure that you are providing something of value. With these basic rules you can continue your journey towards success.

What is something that you need to examine in more depth?

How To Create a Lasting Legacy

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Wouldn’t you like to create something larger than life? Something that will endure even after you are gone? One way to understand how to have this type of success is to study other people who have done it.

Let’s take a look at three individuals who had major accomplishments in their lives, and see if we can see an underlying theme. The three people we will look at are Alfred Mann, who founded 24 companies in the medical device and aerospace industries, Paul MacCready, who won prizes for developing human-powered airplanes, and Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of the best-selling novel Pay It Forward.

Al Mann

Al Mann was a young physicist, around 30 years old, when he founded his first company, Spectrolab. The US Army had come to him seeking help in his area of expertise. His current boss wouldn’t let him undertake the work, so he founded Spectrolab with help from the Army. Spectrolab went on to build solar electric systems to power satellites.

Because of his expertise in solar power systems, researchers at Johns Hopkins University asked Mr. Mann to work on longer-lasting batteries for pacemakers. His father had died of a cardiac event, so he agreed to try. He started Pacesetter, a cardiac pacemaker company, when he was about 40.

While running Pacesetter he visited a cardiac ward and was challenged by a doctor there to work on diabetes, which was the root of heart problems for many patients. So Al Mann started MiniMed, which developed insulin pumps, when he was about 66.

He also founded Advanced Bionics, which creates cochlear implants which allow deaf people to hear, when he was 66, then co-founded Second Sight, which creates retinal implants which allow blind people to see, when he was 72.

Al Mann stayed active until his death at 90 years old. In total he had started 14 companies in the medical device and aerospace arena, two which he took public, and seven that he sold.

Paul MacReady

Paul MacReady loved airplanes.  When he was a boy he was active building model airplanes. In college he started flying sailplanes. He got a PhD in aeronautics from Caltech. But he never wanted to get involved with large airplanes in an aerospace firm because then he would get stuck working on the same topic for years. There was so much of interest to him that he wanted projects that he could finish quickly then move on to new interests.

Paul founded his first company, Meteorology Research Incorporated (MRI) at about age 25 while he was working toward his PhD, to provide a tool for doing research into weather modification. He said “The company wasn’t a corporation to make money, it was just an entity to provide a mechanism for doing various projects one wanted to do.”  He sold Meteorology Research when he was about 39 but stayed with the company another 5 years.

MacCready founded AeroVironment when he was about 45. The goal for the company was to do work in the type of things that appealed to him and his partners. He became vaguely aware of the Kremer prize that was being offered for a human-powered airplane that could complete a course around two pylons a half mile apart.

His interest in that prize was piqued when his brother-in-law’s company started struggling. Paul had arranged for loans of $100,000 for his brother-in-law, and had no way to repay the loans. The prize money for the human-powered airplane was 50,000 pounds, which at the time was around $100,000.  That money could be used to repay the loans.

He worked on a new design, but couldn’t come up with a competitive idea, so he gave up. But then, several months later while driving on a family vacation, he watched hawks gliding and made a game of calculating the speed of their flight (based on how long it took to do a 360° circle, and and an estimate of the bank angle). Later he stopped at Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers had made the first successful flight of a heavier-than-air powered aircraft, and ideas started to fit together. He realized that if he kept the weight down and increased the wingspan and wing chord (front to back distance) that he might be able to create a human powered airplane capable of completing the course.

That was the beginning of the Gossamer Condor, which won the Kremer prize when MacCready was 51. At age 53 he built the Gossamer Albatross, which won a prize for being the first human powered airplane to cross the English channel. Both of those planes are now in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. AeroVironment went on to build solar powered airplanes, the Gossamer Penguin, the Solar Challenger, and High Altitude Solar.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde knew that she wanted to be a writer as early as age 14, when her English teacher told her that she could write, in front of the whole class. But it took many years and many varied experiences — dog trainer, tour guide, pastry chef — before she started writing seriously at age 36.

Catherine’s childhood had been unhappy. When she started writing seriously, she had been involved for two years in a twelve-step program for drugs and alcohol. Her writing often reflects the poignant desire for love and acceptance that must have shaped much of her life.

Catherine had difficulty getting published at first. She was encouraged to persevere by mentors at a writers workshop that she attended. After she had a short story published in a literary magazine, publishers started to pay attention, and she had her first published novel, Funerals for Horses, when she was 42. Her most famous novel, Pay It Forward, was published a couple of years later.

The inspiration for her most famous novel, Pay It Forward, came when her car broke down and caught on fire as she got off the freeway in a bad neighborhood at night. Two strangers stopped and put out the fire, but left before she could get their names and thank them. Since she was not able to pay them back, she came up with the idea of “paying it forward”, by helping out others. Pay It Forward was published when she was 44.

To date Catherine Ryan Hyde has published more than 25 books.

The Journey

A common thread in these stories is that each person’s life has been a wandering journey, not a straight line. People didn’t arrive at their successes with single-minded purpose. Paul MacCready didn’t say as a young man, “I will solve human powered flight”, then proceed on a direct course to achieve that goal. Al Mann didn’t set the goal to create Pacesetter, MiniMed, Advanced Bionics, or Second Sight then proceed to do that and only that. Catherine Ryan Hyde didn’t plan to write a best-seller on the concept of paying it forward before she started her writing career.

Each of the people that we studied took their next step at a time when that step became obvious to them. But in the meantime, they were busy doing something. As Catherine Ryan Hyde says, “I think this is what we need to do. Not rely on luck, but stay out in the wilderness, working hard, to give luck a chance to find us.”

 “I think this is what we need to do. Not rely on luck, but stay out in the wilderness, working hard, to give luck a chance to find us.” – Catherine Ryan Hyde

Luck found Al Mann when he was building solar energy systems, and led him to create Pacesetter, then found him again when he was in a cardiac ward and led him to create MiniMed. Luck found Paul MacCready when he needed to repay a debt, and idle observations during a vacation led him to the idea on how to create a human-powered aircraft. Luck found Catherine Ryan Hyde when she was working hard to be a writer, and a chance encounter led her to the idea of “pay it forward”.

These people continue to create. They keep creating, and some of their creations may lead to fame or fortune. Other creations don’t. But whether or not any given creation is considered a success in the usual sense of the word, they continue the journey, following their interests, and never stopping. Al Mann said, “Creating something that makes a real difference in people’s lives eclipses anything you can do.”

“Creating something that makes a real difference in people’s lives eclipses anything you can do.” – Al Mann

They don’t journey alone. Paul MacCready took on partners, Al Mann had the army help him build his first company, and Catherine Ryan Hyde has relied on mentors and writers groups to help her succeed. As Paul MacCready said, “If you want to move mountains, you just go move mountains. If you don’t have a big enough shovel, you get some friends to help you.”

“If you want to move mountains, you just go move mountains. If you don’t have a big enough shovel, you get some friends to help you.” – Paul MacCready

So, keep creating and adding value to the world. Give luck a chance to find you.

What will you create today?