Wandering aimlessly is easy, especially if you don’t have a map. And before you know it, the hours pass into days, days pass into weeks, and weeks pass into years. Where are you going? How do you know if you have arrived if you don’t really know where you wanted to go in the first place?

This is where your cartography skills come into play. Map making.

In January, if you haven’t noticed, I changed the header’s design on my blog. I wanted to provide a few of the ideas and words I try to live by.

Make your own rules.
Draw your own map.
Live your own life.
Own it.

Last week I came across this note while making the rounds on the net (via The note was written by Bruce Lee. Bruce wrote the letter to himself when he was 28 years old. What’s remarkable is that with something so simple, so short, so sweet, and under 75 words, Bruce was able to give himself the guiding light for moving forward.

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Here’s what it says:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee

Bruce drew his own map instead of wandering aimlessly; going in circles, looking for someone else’s map, secret or shortcut, and never searching for Wonka’s Golden Ticket. Instead, he put the pen to paper and wrote it down.

Have you drawn yours yet?