“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau
People spend their entire lives being busy and, at the end, have accomplished nothing. And, changing the world like an MLK, Jr. or a Mark Zuckerburg is not what I mean when I say “accomplished.” You can be an accomplished parent, an accomplished Christian/Buddhist/Muslim, or an accomplished juggler. The question is are you having a positive impact on the lives of others? Guess what? Ants aren’t. Sure, they do what they’ve been created to do and that is important but they do so mindlessly. To be accomplished is to have an intentional and thoughtful impact on the world around you. Until you settle upon what impact you would like to have and take calculated steps to make that happen, guess what? You’re doing nothing more than the bare minimum. You are existing and not living. And if you’re not living, you’re certainly not accomplishing anything. We live in a time where we have the world at our fingertips. Take advantage of it.
Make professional development a priority.