Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up and they may tell you they want to be an astronaut or a famous athlete or suchlike. Children seem to have no barriers and no concept of what is reasonable or not. Life is exciting and full of possibilities. It’s heady stuff.
Then we grow up.
We get a mortgage. Fall into a job. Getting knocked back for a few promotions. Fail to buy the house we’d *really* like and before you know it our dreams have been shattered and we’re stuck with living in the status quo. The world has taught us to be reasonable.
Try telling your friends you want to be the next Richard Branson or JK Rowling and they’ll likely either howl with laughter at you or look at you with pitying eyes. How unrealistic, they’ll think.
But look at some of our most successful role models and you’ll see that these people often have something in common. You’ve guessed it – they’re unreasonable. Not in a negative, bad way where they annoy people all the time. But rather in the way that they set big goals and go after them like a terrier after a rat.
They’re free thinkers who won’t take “no” for an answer. Just because all your friends work 50 hours a week and spend their limited free time sitting infront of the TV stuffing their faces with junk food, doesn’t mean you have to.
Lifestyle design means being willing to be unreasonable, to dream big dreams, to take a few risks here and there and to be willing to follow through. Belief, I suppose, is a key element if you’re going to be successful in designing your ideal lifestyle.
So if you’re serious about lifestyle design – and I’m guessing you are if you’re reading this article – then stop being so reasonable. Forget about barriers, social norms and “realistic expectations” and instead focus on living a fulfilling, inspiring life. All the best people do, you know.
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