If we embrace the fact that no one can or should ever care about the health of our passions as much as we do, the practical decisions that help ensure Our Good Thing stays alive can become as “simple” as a handful of proven patterns—work hard, stay awake, fail well, hang with smart people, shed bullshit, say “maybe,” focus on action, and always always commit yourself to a bracing daily mixture of all the courage, honesty, and information you need to do something awesome—discover whatever it’ll take to keep your nose on the side of the ocean where the fresh air lives. This is huge.
Dear 18 Year Old Self,
Read this and follow every single word.
Wait, scratch that. You’ll turn out OK. Not great, but OK (trust me, I know).
Instead, give this to your kids so they have a sliver of a chance at turning out even better than you.