When you’re young, when you’re middle-aged, when you’re getting older… dare to burn. But burn as yourself. Let it be your fire, even while someone else may light it.
[see also: ‘Excellence’]
Don’t be shy to ‘strive for the best’… while taking care for the humane factor.
This also gives you the best embeddedness, not only ‘just socially’ but also in depth. Your relations are your coaches, as you are theirs.
Ambitious projects are like teachers
and very good ones indeed, because they are made from real stuff, not any imagined stuff from books or scientific experiments that may themselves result from ideas that have not been thought through.
In an ambitious project, if you’re not correct, you fail.
You will fail in little things.
If you don’t learn, you will fail in bigger things.
So, as a teacher, this is the perfect condition.
In daring, you meet others
See everything as foremost an opportunity for deep communication and motivation.
In daring, you meet yourself
It’s the best way to get to know yourself… before it’s too late. As the adagio of the ancient ‘Oracle of Delphi’ (Greek antiquity) was ‘Know Thyself’ being the highest good, so ‘not knowing thyself’ may be a straight line towards downhill, say, burnout.
So, where daring seems to be foremost a risk, it’s also an opportunity and a diminishment of risk at slightly longer term.
With ‘daring’, I don’t mean ‘taking on the biggest project you can get’ as much as ‘try to value yourself and look for the project that you feel may teach you most, also if it has quite some risk involved.’ Do it because of yourself and through yourself, for people around you: small circle, big circle.
Dare to go for a better world including yourself.
Even if you fail then, you won’t be eaten by guilt. You will have done your best. If someone else tries the same and succeeds, so much the better. If none would have tried, the project wouldn’t have been realized. So in this way, you failing will have been part of the other’s success for ever.
- What is to you a ‘better world’?
Thinking about this is important for everyone. Doing so, you encounter your deepest and most real ‘motivators’, your meaning of life. You need this to lead a strong and healthy life. You also need it to prevent a spiraling towards burnout.
This sounds idealistic?
Of course it does. Ideals are hugely important. But you need to handle your ideals in proper ways. It gets a fluffy appearance if it got a fluffy self-management… by yourself.
Others may support. You do it. It may be life-saving to you. It may lead you towards finding your own Inner Strength.
Why is this so not-visible?
Simply: because this involves your nonconscious processing. Is it a surprise that it’s not conscious? Yet it’s the basis of anything related to what any human feels, thinks, does. If a culture doesn’t validate this ‘simple’ yet in practice of course not-simple-at-all and yet tremendously important fact, many people run into many problems – sadly – that are so very avoidable.
Dare to burn from deep inside.
If you dare to burn from deep inside, there’s fuel enough.
Sure, it will still be difficult sometimes.