"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~ Confucius
When I posted this quote I found on Pinterest I thought nothing of it; it was just another memorable quote I found on the Internet to pin on my quotes board. But then, I started getting emails and notifications. “This person has repinned your pin.” My phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. For the next few weeks, I received the same notification about this quote. After 81 re-pins and 15 likes, it got to the point where I had to adjust my notification setting on Pinterest!
I started wondering, of all the quotes and hundreds of pins I have posted on Pinterest, why did this one get so much attention?
Pursue What You Love
This quote brought back memories of my MBA graduation. Most of my classmates thought I was crazy for turning down lucrative careers in management consulting or banking to become an entrepreneur. Only a few were congratulating and rooting for me. “Where as others may settle for a 9-to-5 job that they end up hating, you’re pursuing what you love,” explained my good friend and classmate. I think that is what it comes down to; this quote and image resonates so much with people because a lot of people have "settled". They have settled for mediocre jobs and even mediocre relationships. They have been tempted and lured away from what Paulo Cuelho called in The Alchemist, their "Personal Legend".
Your Personal Legend
If you have not read The Alchemist, you MUST read it. It is about a shepherd named Santiago who gets a dream to pursue a treasure far, far away. This is his “Personal Legend.” He decides to go, leaving behind his sheep, family and homeland. However, many times along the way he gets tempted to quit his mission. First, a thief steals all of his money, leaving him depressed, rejected and alone. Then, he lands a nice and well-paying job. Finally, the hardest of all, he falls in love with a beautiful woman.
Doesn’t this sound familiar? At the beginning you were enthusiastic: you were going after your dreams and pursuing your personal legend. Then, you hit reality and you hit your first road bump. BAM! You settle. You have a nice paying job and a partner you can spend the rest of your life with. One day, you realize how far off course you are from what you were meant to be and what you were meant to do. You look back and say to yourself, "if only".
"What could have been? What should have been? What would have been?"
The Beauty of Today
But that’s the beauty of today, it’s never too late to turn back around. You can start taking the steps to correct your course. Just remember, wherever you go, go with all of your heart.
Ramli John is a passionate web entrepreneur, developer and writer. He currently writes for Startup Canada’s Pivot Magazine and his own personal blog. A University of Waterloo Computer Science and Ivey MBA alum, Ramli currently works on FamilyTales based out of Velocity Garage incubator in Kitchener, Ontario. Read more about him here.