A friend of mine asked me to write the forward to his book, The Leap Year Project. He's been kind enough to let me post it here.
There are two kinds of days that make up our lives. Those days of big decisions and change. And the days in between. This book is a story about both of those sort of days, and how to make the most of each.
If you desire to have an average life, you should focus just on the big decisions. Then in between those big decision days, keep your nose clean and do your 9 to 5. That's right. Focus on those big decision moments and the best you can hope for is a mediocre existence. Seems sort of backwards but there you have it.
For those under the age of 30, it’s hard to imagine there was ever time when there was no Craiglist - a time when selling a car required shelling out money to buy an ad in a local newspaper.
Yet it is likely that most people would not be able to name the “Craig” who changed that part of our world. And we would certainly have no clue that the reason Craigslist has become such a reliable force in our lives is because of the core philosohpy at the heart of the site.
Everyone I know who continues to do what they love has had to say "forget it" to the money at least once. If you do anything long enough you may have to say it more than once. The funny thing about all this is that the people around us keep telling us that it's some sort of sacrifice to put happiness before money. Yet it isn't the people doing what they love that are making the sacrifice. No. Seems to me that the ultimate sacrifice is when you settle for an uninspiring life just because everybody else if doing it.
The collapse and fire in that Cambodian factory last week makes me feel like I'm stuck in some sort of unending loop. Like we're all somehow doomed to play out the same scenario over and over like in the movie Groundhog Day. I mean we're still finding bodies in the Bangladesh factory collapse. And it's not like we had even come to grips with suicides and unsafe conditions in the Foxconn factories that make the iPhone. Before that, weren't we still getting over learning about lead paint in toys from China? Oh, And not long before that we had the tragic news that our running shoes were being made by little kids.