“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
There’s a difference between activity and productivity. You can fill your days with all sorts of tasks and never achieve anything meaningful. It’s sound and fury, signifying nothing. If you’ve ever been in a job that left you feeling worn down at the end of the day, that’s why. A lot of energy was being expended, so naturally you felt drained. You were being torn down, rather than built up.
Productivity is action that moves things forward. If you love what you’re doing, it gives you energy rather than sucking it away. When you have genuine enthusiasm for something, the effort it takes doesn’t affect you as much. You know that you’re doing something that matters, and that the outcome will be beneficial.
The word thrive is not only in my tag line (simplify – create – thrive), it’s very firmly at the end of that mini-manifesto. It’s the result of living a life based on simplicity and filled with creativity. Thriving means having good health, happiness, and a sense of purpose.