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Recently I've categorized a new type of goal for myself; "mountains".
They are the huge long term goals that change your life. They are not some “thing” you're trying to acquire, rather it's a state you're trying to be in.
It's a question that only you can answer. Most people already have the answer inside them; they just don't recognize it or know how to articulate it.
You've probably come across one if:
An example is someone that loves playing video games, reading about video games, and coming up with video game ideas.
Their mountain could be making a living off of their passion; that's the state they want to be in.
Their path is through video games; that's how they’d choose to get there.
The mountain I'm climbing is time freedom.
I want to:
The path I'm on right now is with Steady Fella and Twitter.
It's a long journey to reach, and it's one I might never get to, but that's okay. The view is still good halfway up a mountain. If I only ever have a fraction of time freedom, I'll be happy.
This story from the Shao Link Monk, Shi Heng Yi, inspired me to look at these goals as mountains:
This story inspired me because I don't want to do the same with my mountain; with my life obsession.
I like to think the man went home unsatisfied. He never realized the dream he spent his life obsessed over.
He thought climbing it was too exhausting and that the description of someone else's experience was enough.
He'll probably live the rest of his life wondering what the view was truly like, with the mountain staring him in the face every day.
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty. - Theodore Roosevelt
If you're trying to accomplish something meaningful, impactful, or life-changing, it's going to be hard. You're going to have to earn it.
I look at it as a quote to give people assurance and motivation when they feel discouraged in their struggle.
1. What's at the peak of your mountain? And what's your path up the mountain?
Like I said earlier, at the peak of my mountain is time freedom. The path I'm on right now is sharing and creating on Twitter and Steady Fella.
2. Do you know what you'd do with your time if you were financially secure for life?
The majority of my time would be spent on what I do with Twitter and Steady Fella. Learning and sharing what I learn.
The other thing I would do is create comedy cartoons and comics, which I used to do on the side when I had more time.
The rest of my time would be spent backpacking, having fun, and spending time with family and friends.