Updated: Sep 5, 2019
My wife sent me a quote yesterday that I really appreciate.
It's one that I wish I would have heard and taken to heart 15 years ago.
However, as a 19 year old kid, I already knew everything and probably wouldn't have paid much attention to it anyway.
The quote is from Alice Walker who authored The Color Purple, a book that was later turned into a movie. It only sold 5 million copies, so I guess you could say it was pretty popular.
The quote said this:
"Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming."
You can never really know what the future has in store for you. This thought reminds me of another quote from Steve Jobs, you may have heard of him.
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."
I think these quotes complement each other nicely. They are both slightly incomplete (disclaimer: often, single quotes pulled from a speech, essay, publication, etc. don't tell the whole story, so the following may or may not have been addressed by both in the full version of the work they were pulled from)
Jobs reflects on the uncertainty of the future and references a trust that the dots will connect. It is important to note that this trust isn't a blind trust. You can't sit naked in your bean bag chair eating Cheetos (Ron White anyone?) all day and blindly trust that you'll be the CEO of a big corporation someday...that's not how this works.
"The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood," said Teddy Roosevelt.
Getting dirty and doing the work is a requirement.
We don't know what the future has in store for us. If you want to have any chance at the future you are dreaming of coming to fruition, that dream must be reflected in the choices you make and the work that you do today.