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Found a link on Twitter today that got me thinking ….
Aren’t stories about people accomplishing difficult, but not impossible goals inspiring?
The quintessential difficult, but not impossible goal is climbing Mt. Everest, so much so that it’s become a cliche. Still difficult, but it’s been done.
With the internet, people are inventing new difficult, but not impossible goals, ones that don’t require a physical to accomplish. These goals are tough enough that the promise of failure is high, which is what makes them thrilling to attempt … or to watch.
There’s The Julie/Julia Project, for which Julie Powell decided to cook all 536 recipes in “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” within 365 days, blogging about the experience. This is the project that inspired the movie Julie & Julia.
There’s NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November (just around the corner for those of you partaking this year). During the month, you have to churn out a 50,000 word novel. That’s about 3,000 words per day.
A spin-off of NaNoWriMo is NaBloPoMo (which I wrote as NaNoBloMo and NaBloWriMo before looking it up). This is National Blog Posting Month, which encourages bloggers to pick a month and write a blog post for every day of that month. (It’s not as easy as it sounds.)
And then there is the difficult, but not impossible goal that inspired this post. The New York Times has a story on Nina Sankovich, who set as her goal reading one book every day for a year. Every. Single. Day. For. A. Year. She started on her birthday, last October 28, which means she’s almost done. The day after she has read a book, she posts a review about it on her blog.
Wow. That’s a double whammy of difficult, but not impossible – read a book a day and write a blog post every day. Awe-inspiring.
Have you taken on any difficult, but not impossible goals? If so, what were they? Are there any difficult, but not impossible goals you’ve witnessed others accomplish? Share them in the comments, please.