Reinvention and Time Travel

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Perhaps my favorite quote in James Altucher’s The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself is “The choices you make today will be in your biography tomorrow.” We all face major life decisions from time to time. I read somewhere that when making these kinds of decisions, we should ask ourselves, “which of the two choices would make for the better ending if I were writing it in a book?” I think James was saying pretty much the same thing with this particular quote.

Over the years, I’ve met way too many people that felt trapped, or limited by their current circumstances. People say things like, “If I could only go back in time, I’d (pick one:  1. Finish college, 2. Wait to get married, 3. Go into this career instead of that one, 4.  Stay in shape, 5. Make more money, 6. Focus less on the money, 7. etc…).” More often than not, we know what we really want. But we allow fear and our perception of the way things “should be” to keep us from attaining it, using obstacles as excuses. It’s easier to accept limits than to break through them.

In the end, we all have a fully functioning DeLorean Time Machine, just like Marty McFly’s. It can transport us even decades back in time, but only as far as the day after yesterday. It’s just up to you to use it. So, play it out: It’s the year 2033, and you’ve flown your DeLorean (complete with banana fueled Flux Capacitor) back to 2013. What advice would “future you” give “2013 you?” (OP 12/13/2013)

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