“Sparks” is a recurring feature bringing you five topics to ignite inspiration every first week of the month.
April’s pieces are a bit dream-centric. Traveling to San Francisco inspired me so much, I wanted to share ideas that explored freedom and pursuing goals. Enjoy, and happy Monday!
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
Elite Daily articles are highly addictive. They’re easy to digest, and it’s fascinating to read about life from someone else’s viewpoint. Singh discusses her journey and how she rethought her career. After quitting her corporate job, she took a new path that was true to herself. My favorite point was when she talked about breaking up with three things that people gravitate towards: convenience, comfort, and conformity.
Oldie, but goodie from Swedish pop singer, MØ. Remixed by Phant for a fresh and upbeat vibe, it expresses the exhilaration brought by being free. Personally, I think of travel and liberation from responsibility and the mundane. Listening to this song inspires hope for the future. It makes you want to fly and find love!
TED talk by Bel Pesce: Five Ways to Kill Your Dreams
Pesce’s talk is geared towards entrepreneurs, but her advice rings true for anyone with aspirations and goals. Her second point, “believe someone has the answers for you”, is something I’ve struggled with overcoming. Instead of looking to external sources for your decisions, do some soul-searching to determine what it is that you want out of life. Don’t look to the media, your family, or your friends, but yourself. What will bring you happiness and fulfillment, and how can you get there? Like my sister told me the other night, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. As much as someone can try to give you advice, you have to go on your own journey to figure it out. Live your own life, not someone else’s.
Synopsis as stated on the TED website:
“All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.”
The premise of essentialism is to let go of the unnecessary and focus on what’s REALLY important. McKeown explores what might be extraneous in your life and gives you ways to make more room for the things you truly need and love. By becoming more selective, you gain more control over your choices instead of passively leaving them to others. It’s an interesting read.