Chapter 2

Though Not Quite Rivaling the Lincoln Memorial in Stature, My Excuses Make a Pretty Impressive Monument to Nothingness

Sparking your passion isn’t just a cute marketing slogan or book subtitle, nor is it a lofty philosophical exercise to be reflected upon but never acted on. Instead, it is about believing that you can determine the type of life you want for yourself as opposed to being a passive participant in that process.

So before we get started, I have to ask: Do you believe that? Do you really believe, deep down inside, that you can create the life you want for yourself? Or do you secretly feel—and subconsciously act—as if you are just a passenger on your own journey through life?

It’s not a trick question. For far too many of ...

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