“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

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  1. This is a TED talk that I have watched many times. The beginning part about our feelings on an average Sunday night are so right on it’s ridiculous.

    Please, Tina, move some mountain and get this man to give a Creative Mornings talk. Maybe the Swiss connection?

  2. Prescott! yes, I’d love for Alain to speak! That would be a dream come true!

  3. This is a wonderful quote.