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Hyacinth Lea Monrou

Thanks for sharing this personal story, Simon. Staying committed to your chosen path will, by definition, always have its moments of difficulties.

This is such a great example of how knowing your "why" is the foundation of mental resilience: by reminding ourselves (or being reminded) of our purpose we can, in an instant, be totally reinvigorated. Mental exhaustion disappears and physical exhaustion becomes less relevant.


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There are loads of people that make REAL sacrifices every day for their job, their family, for their country.


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Rebecca in Switzerland

Yes, exactly! Precisely the same pattern with my brother & me... or my friends who stayed on the tenure track and now have cushy professorships while I fly willy-nilly all over the world from client to client. I know what you mean precisely.
Am floored by your ability to take out every last unneeded word and get down to the essence of things.
It's gorgeous.
Thank you.
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batt

A few weeks later one of the students was nominated for a communication award and had to give an impromptu talk in front of the university president and deans. She thought back to your talk and gave the most eloquent and moving talk I have ever heard a student present. Needless to say she won the award and has become one of your biggest fans.
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In the human world sometimes wise to do, have willy-nilly silly to pretend to be a man, but one who is too abused in this way, he will sooner or later becomes a fool. The thing is that this is an easy way to solve problems, but without hard work over time the mind fades

EVF

I should be studying but I am up reading your posts. I do not like many things, but the things that matter (I am loyal). Keep up the good work...you have my attention. :)

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Kathy

Powerful story that really hits home. Your writing and presentation are clear and direct stories that are changing lives. I showed your tedx talk to a group of students who were developing an outreach workshop. A few weeks later one of the students was nominated for a communication award and had to give an impromptu talk in front of the university president and deans. She thought back to your talk and gave the most eloquent and moving talk I have ever heard a student present. Needless to say she won the award and has become one of your biggest fans.

Renita

Thanks for sharing this personal story, Simon. Staying committed to your chosen path will, by definition, always have its moments of difficulties.

This is such a great example of how knowing your "why" is the foundation of mental resilience: by reminding ourselves (or being reminded) of our purpose we can, in an instant, be totally reinvigorated. Mental exhaustion disappears and physical exhaustion becomes less relevant.

jeff

You have got to be kidding me. There are loads of people that make REAL sacrifices every day for their job, their family, for their country and you have the temerity to say waltzing through airports and dealing with your fans is a sacrifice. You have a job by choice and odds are you get compensated well....but SACRIFICE, that's insulting.

Read Sebastian Junger's book "WAR" and learn what sacrifice really is.

Michael

Great post. Here is some of my advice: As a entrepreneur, I was always working and travelling with very little time dedicated to my social life. I ended up marrying and settling down quite late and have always regretted delaying the building of my family. The family is the true joy and why of our human experience. When you reach 50, its hard to fathom that we put our career before our personal life. (Btw, Abraham also had his universal message for the world and he knew it would only be carried through his offspring -- Isaac).

Kyle

Your making a difference, globally.
That matters.

Jeff

Simon, I relate to this post and to everything you've written or spoken about in this WHY movement more than I can express. I discovered you last year when someone pointed me to that TED talk, after I was about two months into the most grueling period of my a life, the year-and-a-half long intense-focus building phase of a mammoth project. I was driven by my why (always have been) long before I found you, but your precision and clarity are spectacular and texturally reinforcing to someone already on the path. Your trajectory has only just begun.

You wrote that as the movement gathers (and then starts to run on) its own momentum, you will be able to relax. I think you may be underestimating what you've started. I say that because it's distinctly and profoundly aligned with my own life purpose, and I can tell you that what you see at the beginning of the adventure (any adventure, in fact) is necessarily limited by why what you can't yet see. Not knowing is a good thing, for if we saw the enormity of it, we might not begin.

Projecting your trajectory forward, it's easy to see that you will only get busier and more exhausted in the years ahead. If, that is, you don't plan for it. A few others have commented about balance, and this is something not to be taken lightly. That balance comes only by designing it; it won't happen automatically. And driven by the WHY as you are, you will be inclined (as witness by the run-in with the fan) to always lean toward the movement, and sacrifice your own alternatives. Balance will require more work than you might suspect. I nearly didn't survive my huge project, and since I see so much of my purpose in what you write, I want extraordinary success for you, and to remind you that the balance itself serves the cause.

Keep up the great work, and know that thousands now and millions eventually appreciate the contribution you've made.

meri walker

Your willingness to speak honestly about this polarity inspires me, Simon. Even your downers are inspiring. I love the way you do the best you can just to tell the honest truth.

And I hope you'll take a break soon for a week or more... Without rest and refreshment the well goes dry. Sometimes without warning. It would be awful for your fans if you burned yourself out...not to speak of how awful it would be for you.

warmly...

Conni Mainne

Simon, my travel life USED to be grueling. I worked very hard to get my business rolling in the 90s. It was a success. Then I burned out. I have no children, by design. I have no regrets there. But I believe balance with your personal life is key. I really hope you'll factor in some balance in the coming years. Beware of nobilizing the sacrifice you talk about. It's not so pretty when you're 50.

Woody Woodcock

Simon, my travel life is grueling and I'm literally on a plane right now. This morning I'm feeling a lot of the same sentiments you expressed above. I need to get back to my WHY, or just push the refresh button for a minute. I decided to look at your blog and it does help me reconnect with that principal in the airport. I hope I meet him or someone like him this week.

Thanks for being vulnerable enough to share a lot of the same thoughts I do about the balance of impact on a movement versus. Reminds me of another blog you wrote last year entitled "Sacrifice or Gain" or something like that. It altered my perception of "Gaining" more relationships by traveling instead of sacrificing the ones back at home.

With Respect,

Woody Woodcock

Catherine

I am crying right now after reading this article.
I would love to be more like you now as I have lived the sister's story the 4 children are growing (teenage yrs & below..) but I would so much love to travel & BE ALONE :) yet the children still need me very much!
You give us hope & strength in the way you give up your life to help others live out theirs...
THANK YOU SIMON MERCI DU FOND DU COEUR
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Monk51295

on a lesser scale - i resonate with what you write here.
on a ginormous scale Simon - i thank you deeply for the energy/focus/insight you freely give. often at great sacrifice.

warm regards.

Dean

Don't know how I got here, but I needed to read that.

The good that we see in other people's lives is just the tip of their iceberg of life. A big, ugly, iceberg. But for them it might not be that ugly, so it's worth it.

I'm still trying to find an iceberg that's right for me. :)

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