Balancing Internal and External Goals

Initially, I pursued external goals. These were goals that impressed others such as chasing prestige, status, and money. When I achieved these goals, instead of feeling accomplished, I felt empty.

Then, I experienced the fulfilment of intrinsic goals. I found immense joy in following my curiosity and making things for its own sake. I saw extrinsic goals as a false god and opted for that which makes me feel alive instead. But then reality hit me like a truck, and I learned that I need to be practical too.

Avoiding external or internal goals isn’t the correct approach. I learned that the two are complimentary and should be balanced.

August 19, 2022

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