Are You a Sleepwalker?

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I’m currently reading the book “Art of Non-Conformity” by Chris Buillebeau and I couldn’t resist writing about one of his first major points in the book – Sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers are people who just cruise along life without any true vision. They never question the status quo and they’re terrified of change and risk. Their “security” which they perceive to be their greatest strength is actually the biggest hinderance to their growth as professionals. When their peers and co-workers ask them about moving on they will rationalize that they have a grand plan in motion which will end with them being rich with a unique idea that only they have.

The danger with sleepwalking is that you’re forgetting one of the fundamental rules of our existence as human beings: life is short. Too short. The core problem of sleepwalking is not having a vision for your life. If we spend bulk of our youth and young adult life without any clear direction or plan then we’ll end up with little or maybe even nothing to show for it when we’re 40.

If you feel like you’re a sleepwalker or even just partially one, then ask yourself these questions:

  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • When I die, what do I want people to say about me?
  • Why do I wake up every morning?

It boils down to direction, direction, direction. If you’re driving a car and you have no clear idea of where you want to go you’ll end up wasting tons of gas, time, and effort going around the city. It’s the same with life.

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