Saturday, September 12, 2009

Perspectives on Greatness: Past and Present

Rummaging through some of my files, I found a journal that I had begun in 1985 as a way of thinking aloud. Here are a few of the entries and several more recent links...I'll let you judge how much I've changed in nearly 25 years:

"The process of personal change is a revolutionary one, in which old modes of thought and action are challenged, overthrown, and replaced by new modes. Only a revolutionary zeal can sustain the effort needed to implement meaningful change."

"Greatness refers to a lifestyle whose dominant element is the ongoing, effortful questing for ideals and goals that enrich life."

"Great individuals are never well-adjusted; their greatness lies in the fact that the world eventually adjusts to them."

"The ideal life is not problem-free; in fact it is filled with problems: those of one's own choosing."