Are you the New Year’s Resolution type? I’m not, because I look at January 1st as the day after December 31st and not as a Big Deal Milestone Day. (Yeah, I’m the stay-home-for-New-Year’s-Eve type, but that comes with being a) married for a long time and b) Teh Old) But I’m also the kind of guy who believes in the power of committing to self-improvement, whether it’s to lose weight or get your career in gear or quit smoking or whatever it is you want to do. It doesn’t require the start of a new year. For me, it was on a random day in April last year when I decided I really had no excuse not to lose weight, and I proceeded to do just that with the help of a smartphone app and willpower borne of wanting to look and feel better. But if you need to make a New Year’s resolution to do what you want or need to do, by all means, today’s the day.
To help you along, I’ll pass along this link tweeted today by our own Chris Hardwick for a list of “Top 50 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes to Live By” (New Year’s Resolution: Refrain from being That Guy who notes that it should be “Quotes By Which to Live”), with choice lines from sources as disparate as Nietzsche and Jay-Z, Einstein and Capote, Gandhi and Zappa, and Churchill and Caesar (Sid, not Julius). Some are kind of in the Allegedly Inspirational Office Poster category, but many are the kind of comments that may stick in your head and inspire you to stop making excuses and start doing things.
Of course, also of great help to a lot of folks has been Chris’ book The Nerdist Way, which is still available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and e-book editions. Yes, I work for Chris, so you can discount my saying that the book is a valuable source of inspiration for those of a nerd-centric mindset if you wish, but it really is exactly that, and if you’re not convinced, go to a bookstore (should there still be one near you — man, that business is rough these days), page through a copy, and see if you agree. I think you will.
And I’ll throw in my two cents here, as someone who’s had a long, weird career full of odd turns, success and disappointment, failure (hey, if you work in radio, you DO get fired) and accomplishment: Whatever you want to do, do not tell yourself “it’s impossible” (unless, that is, it’s something like “grow a third eye in my forehead” or “become King of England,” which won’t happen in either case unless you’re born into the Royal Family). Whether you want to be, whatever you have to do to accomplish it, give it a shot. You won’t ever be really happy unless you try, and as far as “you won’t make it” is concerned, well, SOMEONE is going to be successful in whatever it is you’re desiring to do or be. WHY NOT YOU? Don’t try and answer that; Just, as a large shoe company in Oregon says, do it.
Here’s more inspiration:
It’s not over. It’s just beginning. The year, your goals, everything. Whatever your age, whatever your situation, it’s time to get to work on whatever you want to accomplish. It’s always time for that. Go!
HT for the cat video: Neatorama