Shooting past the stars to get completely out of sight

You can’t disappoint others if they can’t even see you

“Wow, that’s really ambitious”
“There’s no way that’s going to happen”
“Are you serious? That’s way too hard…”
“LOL do you seriously think you can do that?”

Ah…Music to my ears.

I can’t tell you how much I absolutely love it when someone tells me my goals are “outrageous” or “unattainable”!

When I’m serious about something, I set goals.

When I set goals, I set BIG goals.

I shoot past the stars.

“They’re so close I can practically touch them”

Getting away from everyone else

Humans have a nasty tendency.

For the sake of our self esteem, when we struggle with something, we subconsciously (or consciously) want others to struggle with it too.

It feels pretty shitty to spend 2 hours trying to get something right, only to hear one of your friends bragging about doing it in 25 minutes, doesn’t it?

No one wants to feel dumber or slower than anyone else.

Anyways, we’re not here to discuss psychology.

This is important because it means that people tend to force their limitations on others.

Think about it.

How many times have you told someone about your most recent endeavor only to have them shoot you down and say “LMAO? You know that’s like not even possible right?”

It’s all noise.

I used to take that shit seriously. In highschool when people told me that going to top universities was the only way to be successful, I believed them.

I was surrounded by what I considered ‘smart’ people who all held extremely strong beliefs correlating success and school. I only saw the truth after I separated myself from them — that there’s so many different routes to success. You don’t have to go from A →B →C. You can go from A →Z →H →3 →C. Sometimes, you can even just go from A →B.

And that doesn’t just apply to school. Success in any avenue of life can be attained in infinite amounts of ways. Literally infinite.

Perhaps the second most famous mantra from my Valley Talks,

“If you do what everyone else does, you get what everyone else gets.” ― Stephen Richards

I purposely make sure I sett goals for myself that everyone around me thinks is impossible. That way I know I’m always growing faster than the people around me.

You don’t have to do it that way, that’s just a personal goal of mine — to be better than “Average” at anything I enjoy doing. And for the things I really enjoy, to be better than almost anyone.

I did it with Starcraft, I did it with my education and my career, I did it with my Valley Talks, I did that with my programming skills, I did it with my running, and the list goes on.

So when I hear the words “What? That’s way too hard!” it makes me smile.

I know I set a good goal.

But more than that, I’ve been given an opportunity.

The opportunity to lead by example.

The opportunity to show just 1 more person that they can push the limits on what they think is possible.