How should one work toward accomplishing a major goal? Should they dedicate their lives toward it? Should they just work toward it in their spare time? If it's a near impossible goal, should they just hope they luck into it, like winning the lottery? Let's ask Mr. Thoreau:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau lived an interesting life, but is most famous for Walden, which many of us have read during our schooling. It is him I'm going to turn to for some inspiration and advice, both of what to do and what not to do.
one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors
to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours."
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
Thus far, Thoreau is pushing me toward dedicating my life towards my goals. However, not all is as it seems. Thoreau died at the young age of 44, with no family of his own. While some people might be fine with that, I am not. I very much want a family of my own. However, does dedicating my life to something really make it impossible or even unlikely to find someone to share my life with? Maybe if I planned to be a hermit. On the plus side, working toward accomplishing something can make me more attractive to women, especially as I build up confidence in my successes.
"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he
hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away."
What about social activities? I admit, I'm fairly nonsocial; I just don't go out of my way to socialize unless I'm invited. Then again, I'll meet plenty of people while working toward a goal. And they would be people interested in the same thing as I am, or something similar.
"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."
In the end, it will always come down to what I feel is right. Am I willing to stand up for my choices? Am I willing to work toward my goals? Am I willing to take the god with the bad? Or will I be found lacking? Only time will tell.