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  • A thousand different desires speak from a thousand different mouths.

  • One says, "I want to be an artist."

  • Another says, "I want to be an athlete."

  • We're born with innate desires, destinies inscribed into us at birth.

  • To achieve our highest potential, we need only to follow that voice inside.

  • But as we'll soon find out, our deepest, immutable desires call us to the highest mountains.

  • And often, abandoning the climb is easier than making it.

  • On a hot summer's day, we find ourselves bored at home.

  • A desire speaks from inside us, but it speaks unclearly.

  • We think it says, "freedom."

  • We look out of the window and see our bike.

  • We decide we're going to learn how to ride it.

  • On our first try, we fall and scrape our knees.

  • We feel the pain of failure, and we face a critical moment that all kids face when they

  • fail to meet a desire: do we suppress it or find a way to meet it?

  • We try again and again, and we fail.

  • Every time we fail, we get another bruise.

  • When our friends and family see us fail, we feel embarrassment.

  • When our more successful friends ride past us, we feel like dumb, inadequate failures.

  • Learning is slow and painful.

  • But we're determined.

  • After every fall, we get up.

  • We brush off our knees and keep going.

  • With every extra inch we pedal, we feel powerful.

  • And after a thousand attempts, we do it: we learn to ride a bike.

  • Some of our friends use training wheels before they learn to ride a bike.

  • Some fail at biking, but succeed at roller-skating and skateboarding.

  • With determination, we all learn to meet our desire for freedom.

  • We enjoy our freedom all summer.

  • We feel the wind in our hair, experience the thrill of going down hill, ride over to our

  • friends house, make our way to the park, and even stop at the convenience store on our

  • way home.

  • But, what if we give up?

  • Let's imagine what would happen if we suppress our desire instead.

  • We fall off our bike and scrape our knees.

  • We feel embarrassment.

  • Instead of sticking with our goal, we go home.

  • We lie to ourselves.

  • We say we don't even want to ride a bike, because they're overrated.

  • But everywhere we go, we see kids having fun on their bikes.

  • They challenge our worldview.

  • We lie to ourselves again to explain this.

  • We say biking is dangerous and dumb.

  • Smart kids like us don't do dumb things.

  • We use our lies to create a world in which suppressing our desire is justified.

  • With every lie we tell, we move further away from our destiny.

  • The peak of the mountain gets taller, and we get smaller.

  • We let the fear and pain of failing the climb prevent us from learning how to do it.

  • We let shame and embarrassment prevent us from trying.

  • We learn to resent those who can climb, and we lie about them too.

  • We get rid of fear, pain, shame, and judgment but only at the cost of pleasure.

  • But how are we doing in the other timelinethe one where we follow our desires?

  • We learn painfully.

  • We fall and break limbs.

  • We fail.

  • We get laughed at.

  • We fear that the mountain we climb today will be our last.

  • But we never run from ourselves.

  • Every day we pick a peak to climb and learn how to get to the top.

  • We pick peaks that are too high, and we realize we have to start on smaller ones.

  • We try different paths to reach the peak.

  • When others laugh at us, we laugh with them.

  • On dangerous cliffs, the ones that really matter, we pick our partners carefully.

  • We pick friends that pull us up, hand in hand, and not ones that pull us down by our boots.

  • And our desires keep growing.

  • The mountains get bigger and so does the potential for danger, pain, pleasure, and knowledge.

  • We gain useful knowledge that we can give to others.

  • We can empower others to reach their own destiny.

  • By becoming strong ourselves, we become the type of person who can make others strong.

  • To achieve our highest potential, we climb the mountain of our desires.

  • Not the shallow desires that change from day to day, but the stuff that's written in our

  • DNA.

  • The desires that sit inside of us as children and call to us and call to us.

  • They always lurk in the background of our lives.

  • They make us say, "hey, maybe I should finally do that," or, "I'll do that one day!"

  • But one day never comes.

  • And it's a shame, because our highest desires lead us to our highest selves.

  • We face danger and feel great pain on the way up.

  • We sometimes feel lonely and abandoned.

  • People call us dumb, and they ask us where we're going.

  • They try to prevent us from climbing any higher.

  • They point to other peaks, the ones they would like us to climb.

  • But only we know the way to ourselvesso we bravely continue.

  • We learn wisely by taking careful steps and experimenting with new pathsthere are many

  • ways to reach the peak.

  • But each step up the mountain feels good and gives us a more beautiful view.

  • We turn knowledge into power and use it to climb up to the summit of ourselves.

  • And if life is nothing but a mountain climb, we find joy in the climb.

  • And there's nothing more beautiful than the view

  • from

  • the peak.

A thousand different desires speak from a thousand different mouths.

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