Sometimes you read something that you just have to share – and Jessica Hagy’s The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) is one of them. Even if you saw this already on, I invite you to reread it as I find that each time I reread it I think and learn more.

Jessica shares how Availability, Ignorance, Committees, Comfort, Momentum, and Passivity can spoil our dreams, achievements, and even lives. And while we all may have thought these thoughts already, she shares them in a way that is illustrative (literally) and captures your attention.

It’s momentum and availability that hit me most. Momentum – Like the well-known saying, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten,” Jessica makes it clear that we get stuck in the way it’s always been and the ways we’ve always acted…and these ways keep us where we don’t necessarily want to be. Availability – well, just look at her picture. It is worth 1000 words.

The real challenge is to realize these “enemies” and then determine how you will ease them out of your life – by trying to be less ignorant, less comfortable and less passive and truly decide each day what you want and do your best to get out of your own way.

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