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Keep Crushing It

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years? – Corbett BarrThis is another prompt from #trust30, a 30 day writing challenge that pushes you question what you’re currently doing and to trust yourself.The previous questions have been deep thinkers and this one from Corbett is no exception.Five years ago I was entrenched in classes at university and was not exactly engaged in what I was doing. I was working hard at everything I did because I thought I was supposed to. I couldn’t fail out of university because it was the “key” to the rest of life.While I feel like I suffered all the way through school, I did benefit from the experience. I got a piece of paper that says I can learn things and it helped me get a nice full time job. It also pushed me to question why I was there and if I really needed to do the school thing. Now I see that I didn’t.I’m glad I got a degree because people thing that’s what you should get when you’re going to go somewhere in life. You get an education then you go do stuff. That’s the formula. But I hadn’t found sites like The Art of Non-Conformity, Location180, Location Independent and Thrilling Heroics. Once I found those, I was done. Done school that is.Back then I wish I could have talked to myself now. I would have told myself to keep going, try new stuff and be whoever you want to be.In 5 years the story might be different. There are obviously going to be things that I wish I knew right now. Things that I probably have thought about and dismissed. Things that end up to be incredibly important. I feel like I know the value of hard work more than I did. I know the good feelings that come from distributing or selling something that I worked hard to create. I know the feeling of control when I decide when I work on things, and I decide what goes out and where. In 5 years, I’d like to be able to look back and see that I was on the right track.What would I say to myself in 5 years? Keep crushing it.**View the rest of my Trust30 posts