Tasting success makes you know what’s possible

Note to my future self..

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how my life might have been different if I had moved back to the Dominican Republic after graduating college? What if I had taken a job instead of pursuing my own projects? I don’t really wish that had happened at all but I do wonder from time to time how I got where I am today.

I think that right now I am very aware of what I want and why I want it. I think that this drive is fueled in part because I’ve “tasted success” and I think I have pretty good idea of what it feels (I know it’s probably different than what I currently imagine). This is a weird thing to be writing about but I do believe that it’s part of what fuels me. I’ve seen what’s possible to accomplish in Silicon Valley by working at awesome places and meeting phenomenal people.

I’ve written about this idea of feeling close to your goal and this idea of “tasting success” relates to that. Interacting with these people in this place makes everything seem a lot more real and more importantly it makes feel within reach.

Many times I wonder if I would ever want to pursue what I am pursuing if I had no idea it exist. After all it’s impossible to think about something that you don’t even know exists. I guess that this is another instances in which our environment/society heavily influences what our behavior and desires.

Takeaway

The key takeaway for is that “tasting success” is alright as long as I understand that I am just seeing one side of the equation and that I am neglecting all the effort and suffering that comes with achieving this success. It’s also important to remember that a “state of success” is cool but the process of getting there has to be equally if not more meaningful.