I’ve received a number of emails (the actual number was 6) about my ‘Rogue Manifesto’ goal on 43Things, which you can read about HERE. Mainly people wanted to know if they could read it now or if it was published elsewhere online, but at the moment, it’s only written in pencil and framed, hanging on the wall in my home office.
After coming out of a depression a few years ago I decided that I wanted to spend my life doing more for other people. I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that, so I sat down and began writing this memo to myself about what it was I would like to do. I signed it. Dated it. Then hung it on the wall above my computer so that everyday I sat down to work, I would see it. It’s to serve as a reminder of what I’m suppose to be doing when I’m not working or flat out goofing off at my workstation. (I’m addicted to Sims 3 and often will play for longer than the allotted amount of time I’ve designated myself for game play.) It’s also to remind me of who I use to be, and to never allow myself to be consumed by greed again. It’s easy to stray from your original path, especially when things along the way become more and more tempting. It’s easy to understand why the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. We often start off with noble and honest ideals, but fall privy to corruption and moral decay in our pursuit for more. I did, and I paid the price for it. Quite literally. And it’s something I care not to have to go through again.
Out of all of the emails I’ve received about the Rogue Manifesto (RM) there was one that stood out in particular to me because this person wasn’t only curious about what the RM says, but how they too could write one of their own. They’ve been longing for a while to find something they could do with their lives, something of some importance, and wanted to know how I went about discovering what it was that I wanted to do, and my only response to her was to write it out.
That sounds so vague, I know, but it’s also exactly what I did. I sat down, and asked myself, what is it that I want to do to help people, and before long, the ideas came to me. I asked myself a number of questions to answer, like “How will BLANK help?” or “What is the purpose of BLANK objective?”. I had to get my mind thinking of ways to convey what it was thinking into spoken words, then record them to paper so I wouldn’t forget. Whether or not this person does this, I’ll never know, but my response was as sincere. I sat down and wrote out my ideas until finally I came up with a completely coherent piece of text that would convey all of what I wanted to say and do.
Sometimes, when I talk about my experiences, I think some people want me to give them concrete answers on how they too can achieve or accomplish the same, and that’s something I cannot do. If it were that easy to say “follow steps A, B, C and D to become successful”, someone would have written it, patented it, and trademarked it a long time ago. There is no rubric for achieving your goals, because the journey varies so greatly from person to person. Whether you want to earn a degree or repaint your garage, no one can tell you, with 100% uncertainty, the single right way to do anything. F we all had the same circumstances, then probably yes, but even then, though our circumstances would be the same, our individual personalities wouldn’t be, which is also a factor in achieving whatever goals you set out to do.
Some people are quite adept at retaining reading material, which would make them proficient analysts, and some need to read documents several times before it sticks, which would mean they probably wouldn’t be best suited as being a court reporter. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s those differences that both determine and separate our life courses. I’m in no way saying that if you don’t have a particular strength you shouldn’t pursue your dreams. No. But what I am saying is that the journey may prove to be a lot more difficult for you than it is for someone else. Just be prepared to train harder, longer and tougher, but the dream is still yours if you want it.
There are a number of goals that I’ve set for myself that are in ares where I’m considerably weak in. But it hasn’t stopped me from pursing them. I have to stay up later and work twice as hard but I’m getting there and in due time, I’ll receive my just reward.
As I’ve mentioned in an early post I am nervous about publicly publishing my Rogue Manifesto because not only will I be watching and holding myself accountable, others will be too. It’s one thing to practice a speech at home in the bathroom mirror, than it is to give the speech in front of a crowd. Now, the Rogue Manifesto isn’t a promise of any kind. It is, but it’s only to myself. A promise that I will try. That I will work hard to make this dream a reality, and by sharing it publicly I believe the support of other people will help me keep that promise. And I fully intend, to keep that promise. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, with what resources, or even when I’ll be able to say that I’ve crossed the finish line, I just know that I’m going to do it. I don’t believe I will, I KNOW that I am. 8 months ago