by Dan Oshinsky on September 2, 2012
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls / Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to / I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing it all / But I think you’re moving too fast.” — TLC
With all due respect to the wise women of TLC:
This is the time to go chasing those big dreams in your life — those waterfalls way off in the distance. I don’t care if you’re 21 or 31 or 81. This is the time you have right now. This is all the time you know you have.
This is when things get done.
I remember when I started Stry.us. I told myself: I’m 23. I’m young, I’m without debt, and I don’t have a family. If there’s a time to try something crazy, it’s now.
The idea for Stry.us lingered. I thought about it all the time. It didn’t let go.
I knew I had to face up to it.
I tell other young people the same thing: Right now, while you’re free of responsibility, this is the time to do something big. If it scares you, that’s a good thing. Fear’s often the way you know something is worth doing.
But I’m also starting to see people of all ages — and with all types of real responsibility — making big leaps. I see them chasing opportunity when it presents itself. I seem them refusing to idle.
Great things come with great ambition — and great hustle, and great tribes, and great skills, and great luck, and great passion.
This is me giving you permission to go screw things up. To try crazy things. Yeah, things will get weird along the way. It happens to all of us.
Keep going. Dream big.
Chase your waterfalls.
That shot of waterfalls come via Peter Hunter.