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    • I would agree with you. Staying grounded and grateful doesn't need to come at the expense of creating goals, right?

      For what it's worth, I'm glad to have been intro'd to you on Cake, I think what you do is inspiring.

    • Couldn't agree more about the purposes of achieving! It sure brings zero satisfaction if it's for external reasons. If it's about service, though, it can be pretty exhilarating.

      I recently had a conversation where my friend said she felt "bigger than herself" when she was truly lost in a moment creating something awesome. i think she nailed it.

    • But if you do it for the love of doing it, for the people who are touched by it, for the satisfaction of doing something that matters, then I think it's much more likely you'll be a happy achiever.

      Without getting too personal, I’m going through a transition of being goal-less and I will gladly take the dissatisfaction of goals achieved over the meh! feeling of not having a clear focus. When work and my goals are in alignment, and when my goals are intrinsically meaningful, I’m both driven towards the next summit and enjoying the journey.

      I have gained useful insights for developing meaningful goals both from “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Franklin and Po Bronson’s “What Should I do with My Life?”

    • Both excellent books. I think Csikszentmihalyi's Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience should also be on the list.