“There’s always a point in which one’s desire to self-actualize (ambition) morphs into the desire to externally control (greed).” Lawrence Yeo
Wow this letter was long, in a good way. But I thought I was done after the Succession bit.
This could have been 3 posts. That way you give yourself some time during your visit to ze Germans.
I just love these simple and yet so insightful articles. Now it's my part of everyday routine and makes me antifragile! Thanks a lot everyone who make these things possible.
Wonderful piece. It takes a lot of courage to be brutally honest with oneself. Looking forward to read your next piece. Gute Reise !
Good stuff as always. Safe travels!
Thanks a lot for such a beautiful, heartfelt, and vulnerable post, Frederik. I needed to read this today. I'm currently in a phase of my life where I've had to slow down and reflect on what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. "This path is something I’ve chosen. It’s mine. And I would like to succeed at it not because I’m afraid, but because I’m deeply enthusiastic and committed to it."
This is how I feel about the next phase of my life which I'll be dedicating to spreading the gospel of Nature, so more people learn to live more intentional lives. It begins with slowing down, giving gratitude, and taking responsibility.
Regarding ambition, you might find this history of Paul Brady and the song "Arthur McBride" to be inspiring. For me, the story is about doing the work you are called to do without focusing too much on fame or fortune. In Brady's case, re-working an obscure version of Arthur McBride when he was broke and looking for music gigs led to some initial accolades from fans and then recognition by Bob Dylan who sought him out and later recorded a version of it. More importantly, however, the song made a difference in the lives of others as recounted by Roseanne Cash who married her husband in part because of the mixtape he gave her that included Arthur McBride. Did Brady know when he re-worked the song that it would lead to recognition by Dylan and become a fan favorite? No. He just did what he was called to do and pushed forward.
See the story in this link:https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2015/12/paul-brady-carrie-grover-bob-dylan-and-arthur-mcbride/