Do You Ever Beat Yourself Up for Failing?

“Scientists fail all the time. Only they don’t call it failing. They call it ‘collecting data.’ They call it ‘learning more about a situation.’ Seeing nuances that make them question their assumptions. That make them question the rules that have come before.”

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Why Is It So Overwhelming?

“It’s okay to be overwhelmed. We’re not ‘too sensitive’ or ‘weak.’ And we don’t have to dishonor our feelings and push through it. In fact, feeling overwhelmed is kind of a natural response to any big vision.”

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Do You Have Strong Emotions?

“For most of my life, I thought there was something wrong with me. Feeling things so deeply. Unable to understand why my mood could suddenly switch or why I’d feel awkward and uncomfortable in one situation but like I just couldn’t shut up in another one.”

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Are You So Bored Talking About Life Purpose, Too?

“Because, for all the build-up that I was going to walk away with some sense of what my purpose is, I usually just walked away with either some generic stock line, like “Your purpose is to love,” or “Your purpose is to be you”—or I’d be told my purpose was one specific thing I did—like being a writer or having deep talks with people.”

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Are You a Consumer, or Are You a Genius?

“The thing about genius is it’s alive. In fact, it’s life force, itself. Connecting with our genius is literally connecting with our life force. The thing that powers us. Just like a seed that encourages an apple tree to produce apples.”

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