I never really know what I’m doing. Well. I guess I shouldn’t say that in such a blunt and blanket way. The point I am trying to make, however, is that even people who seem to have a firm grasp of their mission, life, and even business plan don’t know what they are doing 100%.
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment, and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.” - Gilda Radner
For those of you who remember Gilda Radner, she was an actress who was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. She had a life filled with inspiring pieces of comedic work that many of us remember from her time spent on not only SNL but the many movies she did with her then-husband Gene Wilder.
Unfortunately, Gilda passed away at the young age of 42 leaving her husband Gene a widower. Gene is most remembered for his role as Willy Wonka in the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Interestingly enough a wise quote from Gene’s character Willy Wonka is something that resonates with me on a daily basis.
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” - Willy Wonka
But what does this say about being unsure in life? A lot in my opinion. The wisest people in the world know the value of “nonsense” in its simplest and most advanced forms. When you allow for nonsense to be introduced into your life you see things in a different light. For example, I am one of the most rigid and stingy people I know with my time and how I use it. That does not mean however that I am against the idea of “nonsense” being introduced to my time.
The main reason for this is that I have a fundamental understanding that I don’t know 100% what I am doing with my life. Yes, I have a pretty clear game plan and vision but on a day-to-day basis, a little nonsense does me good. It is just as Gilda and people like Elon Musk have said “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster”.
With this line of thinking in mind, it is a reminder that the world itself is constantly changing around us and that things are going to be different than you may have envisioned in your head but that is okay. This is a great fundamental understanding to have because even the brightest minds in the world cannot 100% predict the future or what their life is going to look like 5 to 10 years from now.
Think back to the year 2020. The world collectively had no idea what the months of March and on would look like. We as an entire planet had no idea what we are doing and arguably we still don’t. We are all finding our way in this world and on the road towards building a better life.
These past few months I’ve gained a level of mental clarity that I have never had before in my life, however, I still find out something new about myself and about what the makeup of Rise Productive would look like as a business. Sure I have an idea of the makeup and the route I want to take things, but I’m pretty unsure about a lot of it. But if there is one thing I’ve learned with my newfound mental clarity and all the quotes referenced in this newsletter it’s that it’s okay to be unsure.
Have an awesome week!
❤️ My Weekly Favorites
- 🎵 Karma - AJR
- AJR is a band I didn’t find until recently but they are really solid. I would definitely recommend all of their albums.
- 🎙️ Does It Measure Up? - The Daily Stoic Podcast
- This was a very short but insightful episode of The Daily Stoic podcast.
✍️ Quote of the Week
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean