The following is a short book preview about living your life out loud contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
Jim Donovan, Novato, CA: New World Library (2014)
“Henry David Thoreau wrote this about pursuing dreams: ‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.’
Notice that he didn’t say advance ‘sheepishly,’ ‘fearfully,’ or ‘timidly.’
You were not born to live quietly, hoping to get to the end of your life without being noticed. Sadly, that’s the way many people spend their lives. They simply plod along, working in a job that’s not what they want, wishing they were someplace else, ‘living’ as Thoreau put it, ‘lives of quiet desperation.’
Personally, I like this quotation from French writer Émile Zola: ‘If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you, I came to live out loud.’
Are you living your life out loud (58-59)?”
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