Productivity & Work

‘Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave’

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“We of ambition were raised since kids that life should be an unending arrow upward – each event propels you to the next one and all great successes. All of our school heroes seemed to follow that trajectory. But, of course, none have. Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave. One hopes it arcs upward, but in reality it is a series of amazing highs and terrible lows. That is how to view life.”

You don’t always have to be moving upward. Progress undulates up and down and ebbs and flows side to side. Success is wobbly, like this.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.