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What’s Your Smiley Vision?

…you probably heard the quote from George Washington Carver, “Where there is no vision there is no hope.”

Or to take it further, and paraphrase big Arnie Schwarzenegger, where there is no vision there is no smiling.

In a recent video I watched on YouTube, Arnie talked about his journey from Austria to the US.

Swept up after watching a film reel at school, he knew he wanted to live in the home of skyscrapers.

Wondering how he’d get there, bodybuilding dropped into his lap and he used it as a vehicle to get there.

Someone remarked to him, years later, that he seemed to be the only one smiling in the gym. The others around him, even some of his fellow pros,  hadn’t the enthusiasm he had.

“How is that?”

“Because every set, every single rep I do, is bringing me closer to my vision.” Arnie smiled.

And it got me thinking….how many writers smile each day when they put their butt in a seat?

How many of them look forward to jumping out of bed and writing that day?

I doubt there’s many that do.

That’s probably why there’s plenty of space at the top of any occupation. Look at any offline business, probably close to 80% of people don’t want to be in that job.

And yet they go through the motions, without an endgame in mind. That’s why an hour on social media, TV, or video games, fills the gap.

I’m sure if you asked any of them why they’re on the planet none of them would say…

– I came to play thousands of hours of Grand Theft Auto.
– I came to spend a third of my life on Netflix binge watching box sets.
– I came to spend the majority of my day talking on a website, I don’t control and who makes money off my content.

Or maybe you’d get a vacant face and a, ‘I dunno?’

If you’re not smiling in your work, maybe you’re in the wrong game, suffering from depression, or you don’t know where you’re going to.

The middle one I can’t help you with.

But the other two…maybe it’s time to take a pen and paper and see why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Here’s what get’s me out of bed and writing a email each day –

For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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