“[The] will to power is the greatest sickness man has suffered from. And all our educational systems, all our religions, all our cultures and societies are in absolute support of this sickness. Everybody wants his child to be the greatest in the world. Listen to mothers talking about their children, as if they have all given birth to Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Ronald Reagan… Billions of people are rushing toward power. One has to understand that this tremendous urge to power is arising from an emptiness within you. A man who is not power-oriented is fulfilled, contented, at ease, at home as he is. His very being is an immense gratitude to existence; nothing more is to be asked. Whatever has been given to you, you had never asked for. It is a sheer gift out of the abundance of existence.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
“In the ultimate analysis of life, name and fame are just irrelevant. All that matters in the final reckoning is how you lived each moment of your life. Was it a joy, was it a celebration? In small things, were you happy? Taking a bath, sipping tea, cleaning the floor, roaming around the garden, planting trees, talking to a friend, or sitting silently with your beloved, or looking at the moon, or just listening to the birds—were you happy in all these moments? Was each moment a transformed moment of luminous happiness, was it radiant with joy? That’s what matters.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
“People go on postponing everything that is meaningful. Tomorrow they will laugh; today, money has to be gathered… more money, more power, more things, more gadgets. Tomorrow they will love; today there is no time. But tomorrow never comes, and one day they find themselves burdened with all kinds of gadgets, burdened with money. They have come to the top of the ladder, and there is nowhere to go except to jump in a lake.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
3 of my favorite quotes from Robert Greene’s book Mastery that will help you identify and cultivate your Life’s Task.
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Introduction: Finding your Life’s Task can be one of the most important discoveries of your lifetime.
In order to live a fulfilled life, we need to live fulfilled days. And if we want to feel fulfilled day-in and day-out then we need to pay attention to how we’re spending our time. The great accumulation of minutes and hours turns into days and weeks which turns into months and years which, of course, turns into a lifetime. And when you boil it down to how we spend the majority of our time on a daily basis, which area do most of us invest our time into? It’s our Life’s Task.
Introduction: The balance between home life and travel
Being home, in our hometown, surrounded by our friends and family, and busy with our purpose and mission—keeps us grounded and allows us to grow our roots.
Traveling to new places, in strange lands, surrounded by strangers and new experiences, and busy with the act of exploring—keeps us growing and allows us to stretch our branches.
The two experiences of deepening our roots and stretching our branches are the two balancing forces that lead to a well-rounded life.
“Your emotional commitment to what you are doing will be translated directly into your work. If you go at your work with half a heart, it will show in the lackluster results and in the laggard way in which you reach the end. If you are doing something primarily for money and without a real emotional commitment, it will translate into something that lacks a soul and that has no connection to you. You may not see this, but you can be sure that the public will feel it and that they will receive your work in the same lackluster spirit it was created in. If you are excited and obsessive in the hunt, it will show in the details. If your work comes from a place deep within, its authenticity will be communicated.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery