“The great cellist Jacqueline Du Pre was a prodigy from an early age.

At age six, she was running, cello over her head, down the performance hall where she was one of the performers that day.

She was smiling and laughing and running.

A janitor, figuring she must have just performed and was relieved and happy at how she did said, “You must have just performed. Congratulations!”

And she said, “I didn’t perform. I’m about to!”

It doesn’t matter that very few people remember her name today. She died at age 42 in 1986.

But that day, at age six, she was so excited to perform that she was running TO something.

She was running towards an exciting and uncertain and even scary future (“I have to perform and do well!”) rather than running towards the relief of a job well done.

I learned from that. My job is not to think about two generations from now. It’s not to think that I can look backwards and say “job well done”. Tomorrow is meaningless.

Instead, TODAY, I must run towards something. Every day I must run towards something.

Laughing, happy, excited. I am about to perform!”

– From  James Altucher –

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