Short. Bursts. Of Advice. To Do Something.

Leo Babuta, on his very popular blog Zen Habits and in a post titled "Do Interesting Things," writes:

Do something.

Do something interesting.

Be a part of the conversation, and say something remarkable. Create something unique, new, beautiful. Build upon the works of others and transform it into your own.

How to do this?

Write a book. Or an ebook. Write poetry and publish it on the web. Create interesting, lovely or funny videos, put them on You Tube. Be passionate. Write a web app that will solve a problem in people’s lives. Become a watchdog to replace the faltering newspapers. Explore the world, and blog about it. Try something you’ve always been afraid to try, and put it on video. Be yourself, loudly. Start a new company, doing only one thing, but doing it very well. Start a business that does a service you’ve always wanted, or that you are frustrated with in other companies because the service sucks. Put your heart into something. Say something that no one else dares to say. Do something others are afraid to do. Help someone no one else cares to help. Make the lives of others better. Make music that makes others want to weep, to laugh, to create. Inspire others by being inspiring. Teach young people to do amazing things. Write a play, get others to act in it, record it. Empower others to do things they’ve never been able to do before. Read, and read, and then write. Love, and love, and then help others to love. Do something good and ask others to pass it on. Be profound. Find focus in a world without it. Become minimalist in a world of dizzying complexity. Reach out to those who are frustrated, depressed, angry, confused, sad, hurt. Be the voice for those without one. Learn, do, then teach. Meet new people, become fast friends. Dare to be wrong. Take lots and lots of pictures. Explore new cultures. Be different. Paint a huge mural. Create a web comic. Be a dork, but do it boldly. Interview people. Observe people. Create new clothes. Take old stuff and make new stuff from it. Read weird stuff. Study the greats, and emulate them. Be interested in others. Surprise people. Start a blog, write at least a little each day. Cook great food, and share it. Be open-minded. Help someone else start a small business. Focus on less but do it better. Help others achieve their dreams. Put a smile on someone’s face, every day. Start an open-source project. Make a podcast. Start a movement. Be brave. Be honest. Be hilarious. Get really, really good at something. Practice a lot. A lot. Start now. Try.

Ugh. I think we have enough of this type of advice. At its worst, it is short little sentences that are meant to be bursts of inspiration but more often turn out to be random, contradictory collections of shallow sayings. 

So in closing, do remember: Love yourself. Love others. Start now. Start! Drink lemonade. Eat peanut butter. Write. Listen to your heart. Be rational. Be emotional. Jump high. Jump low. Travel widely. Tell those you love that you love them. Cook. Walk. Run. See Spot Run. Listen to music. Close your eyes. Breathe. Focus on the breath. Eat organic. Blog. Blog some more. Blog till you fall asleep. Fuck planning, give me action, dammit! Help others. Be altruistic. Read Ayn Rand. Read Plato. Be the change you want to see in the world. For the raindrop, the joy is entering the water. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single sock.

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