"If you have dreams of being a rock-star public speaker, pumping up an audience as you stride the stage and proclaim your brilliance, I beg you to reconsider. Don’t dream of that. Dream of something much bigger than you are.” (TED Talks: the official TED guide to public speaking)
Matt Damon agrees.
"Imagine chasing that, and not getting it, and getting it finally in your eighties or nineties with all of life behind you" or broken relationships or abandoned friends or ruined lives "and realizing . . . what an unbelievable waste."
"It can't fill you up. If that's a whole that you have, that won't fill it."
It's the difference between eulogy virtues and resume virtues; the BIG ME and little me.
“THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS IS: FIND SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU ARE, AND DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO IT.” – DAN DENNETT
Or as Chris McCandless wrote during his last days, "Happiness is only realized when shared."
A grim yet poignant reminder for those of us pursuing dreams.