The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Reading: October 24 [Podcast]

The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Reading: October 24

The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Reading: October 24

By John Jantsch

Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch on The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur – October 24

It’s time for another episode of The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. Once a week, I’m sharing a reading from my new book, which was published this Tuesday, October 22. The book is structured around 366 daily meditations for entrepreneurs. The hope is that these entries will help entrepreneurs to build a better self, which will in turn help them build a better business.

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the October 24 entry.

Today’s Reading: Future Design

“Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a courageous heart.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Hyperion (1839)

The past is the past except when we keep inviting it into the present where we create our future.

As we move through each day, our memories, charged with emotions from the past, unconsciously recreate these past emotions in our present reality. And the song stays stuck on repeat.

Okay, so if this is true, that we are limiting our progress by living in a predictable future predicated on the past, what if we told our brain to shut up about the past and we put everything we had into the present moment so we could live, today, in the future we design.

Simple, yes. Easy, maybe not.

Even though traditional advice on present-minded living suggests that you not consider the future, if by designing your desired future, without the baggage of the past, you are destined to create or will it into existence by your actions today, wouldn’t that be a richer way to live?

“Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a courageous heart.”

Challenge Question: What is your biggest regret in life? Are you ready to move on?

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