Secrets of Living an Epic Life Full of Meaning

Out beyond complacency and comfort lies a land of opportunity. It requires that you no longer comform to the comfortable. You can't “phone it in.”

You have to work.

You have to dream.

You can't settle.

Everyone wants success – well, most do anyway. And most people say the same thing. Everybody is shooting for grandiose goals and their speech often turns to braggadocio about what they're GOING to do. Get out of the way, all that hot air can burn you.

But most people would rather talk than walk.

They'd rather complain and make excuses than make plans and cooperate with others aiming towards a vision.

We're afraid to dream. We're afraid because we might be disappointed.

But the saddest among us not only don't dream, they lie helpless in a cage of their own making that keeps them imprisoned in a world of their own design.

Before you can win a ballgame in the physical world, you have to win it in your mind.

Before you can be married to the love of your life, you have to have the guts to ask him or her out on a first date.

Before you can experience awesome new things, you have to let go of the mediocre old ones.

If life were a house, some people would keep the same couch and carpet for 80+ years. Never changing. Never experiencing anything new.

Not only is that couch no longer new, it is probably nasty.

And that is what we often do in life. We stay in “that job” too long. We never have the conversation with “that friend” who isn't really acting like a friend. We worry too much about making “that person” angry at us so we go places and do things that aren't really what we want to do at all.

If we'd just start living our own lives instead of living the life others wish we would live, we might just realize that we have enough life, excitement and joy for one person – us. And that to attempt to please, cajole, and suck up to some angry people is as hopeless as trying to use an umbrella to keep dry during Noah's flood.

This is your life. Start living it.

Or you can be among the many who as they come to the end of their life, wish they had lived their own life and not someone else's wish for it.

Fulfilling your life's purpose and a reason for being here is part of living an epic life.

And you're not going to get there by chasing some else's dream.

Be brave. Be true. Be you.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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