“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less PLANNING and more LIVING — to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just DO stuff.”
Author and cultural critic Daniel Pink addressed the 2014 graduating class at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Pink is a 1986 linguistics graduate of the University and holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Key highlights of Dan Pink’s 2014 Northwestern University’s Weinberg College Speech:
Sometimes you have to write to figure it out.
This advice wasn’t just savvy guidance for how to write — it might be the wisest advice I know for how to live. The way to be okay, we all believe, is to have a specific plan — except maybe it’s not.
The smartest, most interesting, most dynamic, most impactful people … lived to figure it out. At some point in their lives, they realized that carefully crafted plans … often don’t hold up…
Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living — to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff, even if you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead, because you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead.
This might sound risky — and you know what? It is. It’s really risky. But the greater risk is to choose false certainty over genuine ambiguity. The greater risk is to fear failure more than mediocrity. The greater risk is to pursue a path only because it’s the first path you decided to pursue.
All the Best in your quest to get Better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.