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To The Graduating Class of 2015

Pathmaker, your footsteps are
the path, and nothing more;
Pathmaker, there is no path,
the path is made by walking.
By walking one makes the path,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that never will be trod again.
Pathmaker, there is no path—
only wakes upon the sea.
–Antonio Machado

I’ve never given a graduation speech. I’ve never been a valedictorian. I’ve never had significant honors to speak of. But I have some things to say.

And so do you.

Graduation is a threshold into a vast world of uncharted territory. For most of you, the past 20 something years have been a more-or-less set path that moved you from grade to grade, school to school, and eventually to college.

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How to Avoid Getting Stuck in Life

Did you know that people tend to walk in circles? It’s true. Studies show that if you’re blindfolded or lost in the woods you’re likely to go in circles.

This is one reason why you should stop walking when you realize that you’re lost. You’re just expending energy and may not be getting anywhere.

Jan Souman, a behavioral psychologist, performed a study to test this.  He asked people to walk as straight as possible for a few hours— some in a forest, others in a desert, and still others performed the test blindfolded.   He said,  “Just walking in a straight line seems like such a simple and natural thing to do, but if you think about it, it’s quite a complicated thing going on in the brain.”
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Fear Hacking: How to Overcome Your Worst Case Scenario

Have you ever done something really scary? I mean like shaking in your boots, I’m not sure if I can make it scary?

Maybe you risked to speak the truth to someone.
Maybe you pitched an idea you cared about but others might not.
Maybe you quit your job to go full time with your dream project.

Whatever the cause, we all have felt fear at some point.

Fear is an uncomfortable experience. It’s a feeling that most people choose to ignore or resolve as quickly as possible.

Often, our experiences tell us that fear is more than we can bare— that we MUST alleviate the tension. So we choose not to look at it and see it for what it is. Instead, we run away from it.

There is a trick that filmmakers use to increase suspense— they don’t show you what the character on the screen is afraid of or running from.

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There Are No Rules

- - Courage, Possibility, Work

A few days ago I came across this in my Instagram feed. And it stopped me in my tracks:

Yes

A photo posted by Dallas Clayton (@dallasclayton) on

Dallas Clayton is an illustrator and author. His Instagram will make you happy.

Too often we spend our time following rules without thinking about them. Some of these rules are spoken, but many of them are unspoken. We follow them because it’s simply what we do.

We’ve made them up, picked them up, and called them our own without even realizing what we’re doing.

We notice them when someone else does something that we’re not “allowed” to do. All of the sudden we have lots of feelings about it. Maybe it’s someone who quit a job, raised a bunch of money for their dream project, or otherwise taken a risk and voiced a desire.
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