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Life is more exciting when you’re fulfilling your mission. Knowing that you’re a part of a profound cause is a richer motivator than monetary rewards. Think of it, remarkable people throughout the history made their difference because they believed in their cause, not paycheck. Abraham Lincoln was never motivated by money in doing his service for his country. Mahatma Gandhi led the change for love and justice, not dollars.

A comfortable and over-slept life is a pity. It’s hard to see real joy in the faces of bored people. Thinking that pleasure is the missing puzzle in their life, they indulge in irresponsible sex, alcohol, drugs, TV or anything that can distract them from the mysterious pain they are feeling – the pain of inaction.

Some may accuse me of being too obsessed about success or “making a dent” thing. Yes, I am. I’m challenging everyone to be dreamers again, and I believe we can all make a positive difference in someone else’s life. But not for selfish reasons or for the itch to make a grand selfie and announce it on Facebook to polish your ego. The truth is, success evade the self-centered. Planning to take it all to satisfy your feeble soul is not success, it’s a delusion. And nobody will bother to like you on Facebook.

To be successful means knowing your own unique voice, nurturing it to its highest potential and giving it back to the world. There is nothing selfish on dreaming and doing that. Success is enjoying the journey as you grow and give back what God has given you. It is discovering what you can give, nurturing all what you can give, and giving back all that you can give. Life finds its deepest meaning in giving. We need to receive to survive, but we are called to live to give.

Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

-Steve Pressfield, The War of Art

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