Monday, August 15, 2011

The Ones Who Are Crazy Enough to Think They Can Change the World

Some quotes I read today that I officially love:

I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult. - E. B. White

Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. - Flannery O'Connor

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

Like all weak men, he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. - William Somerset Maugham

To change your life, start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions! - James Joyce

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Steve Jobs

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Thousand Word Picture

Stereotypical and cheesy, yes. But nonetheless valid. I love this picture. It's funny and accurate at the same time.

Sometimes life feels like that. Like we're trying to cram ourselves into this hole that just doesn't fit. It's not always true, though. Sometimes we just have to be patient and wait for gravity to do its job. Slow and steady gets it done.

And sometimes we're in the right hole, but at the wrong time. The carpenter hasn't cut us down yet. We're still a rough block. But life experiences turn us into the peg that we're ultimately meant to be. Sometimes it hurts. No one likes being sliced and sanded. But the end result is way more awesome than just sitting around and staying an un-cut block that doesn't fit anywhere.

And sometimes we really are just trying too hard to do the wrong things. We have to branch out and try new things.

Either way, though, it's the struggle that makes it interesting. How boring would it be if we just slipped easily into our little round hole and sat there forever while everyone else was going around doing stuff?