It is written that we must have the mind of a child in order to grasp the deeper meaning of life. What is a child like? A child is new, untainted and curious. A child knows nothing of failure, of heartbreak, of death or other people’s opinions. A child lives curiously in the present. Let us make our goal to let go of the tainted old thoughts that hold us back. The thoughts that there is no love out there, that our dreams are not achievable, that happy endings don’t exist or that you’re just not supposed to succeed. Let us make it our aim to return to having the mind of a child. Not forgetting our past, but learning from it and not allowing it to taint our present moment.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Aim for success, not perfection. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.