Each moment is an opportunity. Our days are filled with marvels, adventures, and special souvenirs from the journey. However, we are too often caught up in our own cyclical thoughts and routines to notice all the amazing possibilities that surround us.
Throughout life, there seem to be expectations around every corner. At times, it may feel as if finances, relationships, health, education, and appropriate worldly possessions are dictated by some invisible leader, a societal arm-twisting that is hard to resist. Is it be possible that these continual pressures and collective values are not quite as necessary as they may seem?
In The Five Book, Dan Zadra conveys – through touching quotes, lively colors, thoughtful questions, inspiring anecdotes, and enlightening activities – that life is about wants and choices and dreams. You are the designer of your own life; it’s up to you to uncover your dreams and devise a strategy to reach them.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same amount of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
– H. Jackson Brown
The book serves as a tour guide to the depths of your psyche, asking thought-provoking questions and presenting highly beneficial prompts. What are your lifetime values? What traits define you? What is your mission in life? What are your goals, and do they address every area of your life? Where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Thinking big, Kyle MacDonald started small – with a paperclip to be exact. He posted it on Craigslist as a barter and got a fish-shaped pen for it. He then traded the pen from something better. One trade led to another, until MacDonald finally found himself the new owner of a three-bedroom house.
There are two options in life: you are either living the life prescribed by someone else, or you are following your own path. Get to know yourself and stay true to who you are. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you achieve your goals. You are one-of-a-kind and brimming with untapped potential; no one knows what you’re capable of, and thus no one has the right to hold you back.
Sample page – others’ definitions of success, as well as a place to write down your own
Goals are often centered on necessity and image. I want a prestigious job, six-figure income, a sports car, an attractive and intelligent spouse, a healthy and happy family, and an extravagant vacation each summer. Does that sound about right? Life, the world we live in, and each moment is filled with beauty and newness. Think about how can you incorporate novelty and fun into each day, rather than waiting for that far-off vacation. Have you ever wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, the Northern Lights, or the Olympic Games? Start to save and begin to plan, and within five years you will likely achieve at least one big travel goal. I would wager that the later would be both more fulfilling and impressive than a big paycheck. Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
Thousands of perceptions, hunches, ideas and intuitions race through our brain every day. Some are pure genius. Give them the red light for at least long enough to write them down.
– Ralph Ford
What does it mean to stay true to yourself? The concept permeates our culture, but is rarely explained or deeply explored. Each person has a unique experience, perception, repertoire of ideas, and an idiosyncratic way of connecting and merging all these seemingly dissimilar concepts. We are all inherently gifted with intuition and innovative power. However, it is our own responsibility to realize all the possibilities that lie within, to trust the crazy ideas, to test obscure theories, to put in the necessary effort, and to discover the wonderful things that no one else has ever thought of. Everyone has the capacity to create something new, whether an invention, protocol, or work of art.
Your resources are always far greater than you imagine them to be. Never ask, “Can I do this?” Ask instead, “How can I do this?”
Setbacks and failures often cause people to coil into remission and completely give up on their dreams. The next time you encounter a perceived problem, take a step back and reexamine it. Think of a new approach towards the same goal and jump in at full force. Celebrate those who have helped you, practice gratitude, and say, “Thank you” whenever you can. You wouldn’t be where you are today without the help of your family, friends, teachers, mentors, and those who inspire you. Let everyone know how much they mean to you; put the time and effort into maintaining your strongest relationships.
Grow as a person, master new skills, read the great books, kick a bad habit, and get into shape. What can you do today that will help you become a better and more well-rounded person tomorrow?
What can you do to help others? How are you going to change the world? Who has done the most to help you, and how can you carry on their legacy? How do you want to be remembered?
When you reach the end of your life do you want to be one of the people who are glad they did, or one of the people who wish they had?
Start doing the things today that will matter tomorrow. Don’t leave this world without giving it your all. The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life.
Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful – you acted on it!
– Dan Zadra
The Five Book is simply written, yet brilliantly beautiful and inspiring. It’s been on my wish-list for several years, and I’m thrilled to have finally had the opportunity to read and benefit from this inspirational personal development book. Is the perfect compilation, aptly balancing the questions leading towards success in all areas of life with the wisdom and inspiration of those who have already pursued, and perhaps even answered the same questions. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, regardless of where you are in life or where you have been. It’s the perfect gift for a recent graduate, anyone entering a new stage of life, employees, family, friends, and yourself.
You will never have more time than you do right now. What are you waiting for. Where do you want to be five years from today, and how are you going to get there? The Five Book will help you uncover the answers and devise a plan.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
*I’ve been working on the activities in this book for nearly a month, so once I figure out how to go about it, I plan to share some of my own thoughts, dreams, and goals for the next five years.