Sunday, October 9, 2011

Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

I always try to create new and original content for my blog but I was viewing some TED talks and stumbled upon something inspirational by the owner of Amazon - Jeff Bezos. I think it is a great checklist when you temporarily get dealt a bad hand or you need to make some important   choices. 

He was addressing graduates at Princeton University. He asked the following set of questions: 

"Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.
How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?
Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?
Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?
Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?
Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?
Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?
When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?
Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?
Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?
I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. Thank you and good luck!"

1 comment:

  1. Thanks man!! I frequently forget to check unless somebody reminds me :)