Where Are You Going?

Where are you going?Where Are You Going?

“If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”
― Yogi Berra

I just love Nic Askew. A good friend of mine turned me onto his short films about a year ago, and I’ve been hooked since. I’ve never come across anyone who can say so much in such brief moments. His latest, Concerning Choice, is no exception, asking the ever profound question, “Where are you going?”

As an introduction to the film, Nic offers these words,

One foot in front of the other. Unconscious, and unrecognisably blind.
And then again. And again.
Until those few steps become a habitual march to somewhere you never set out to be.
Where is it that you’re going, and what on earth are you going to do when you get there?

Where is it that you’re going? And what will you do when you get there?  Author Karen Lamb wrote, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Here’s to a life of gratitude, success, independence, happiness and prosperity ~

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5 Responses to Where Are You Going?

  1. Raena Lynn says:

    Hi Steve,

    When I watch this video, it reminded me of prisoners in suits (not the women). When I watch people drifting in mass numbers, it symbolizes conditioning to march through their lives in the same direction every day. The blending at the end is powerful and symbolic of “mass mentality” or what I call mush brains.

    So the question “Where is it that you are going?” is what I consider a soul searching question. Every person in the clip is on their way to their own destination in their minds, but physically they answer the call to routine. It would be an interesting documentary to interview some of them asking this question. We might be a little surprised because I want to give credit to some of them. I’ll bet there are a few entrepreneurs in the crowd that have to get across town….

    When I was younger, I was conditioned to go with the flow and do what everyone else was doing because I thought I was “supposed” to be living the life I was indoctrinated to believe was the way to do live. With time and wisdom, I became the one that “marched to a different drummer” but I always had mental tendencies which I suppressed becasue it was considered “wrong” to be different or want to pursue alternatives. Being bold and having free thought is an important characteristic of entrepreneurship. I think most people are suppressed, conditioned entrepreneurs. I am so grateful I was able to break away from the mental prison “enjoyed” by the masses.

    Raena Lynn

  2. Hi Steve:

    When I saw your title, I immediately thought of a voice mail I got last week from a friend asking me if I knew the ‘where are you going’ song: ‘Where are you going, my little one? Where are you going, my baby, my own?’ It was one of my favorites since childhood, so I knew immediately what she was talking about and can still sing it from memory.

    I feel my faith gives me the answers to many of those questions, plus I do have a pretty good sense of purpose about why I am doing what I’m doing and where I want to be this time next year.

    This film reminds me of being in New York City at 5:00 one day. We were on our way to Ithaca for our friend’s wedding. He was driving his car, and we were in the pedestrian crossing when traffic came to a half. I thought the wave of pedestrians was going to walk over the car and stomp us into the ground. I had never seen so many people crossing the street at once. Scary!!

    All the best,

    • Steve says:

      Wow . . . I had totally forgotten that little childhood song! I love your description of the incident in New York City. I can only imagine it was like watching a herd of robots, huh! It’s sad how so many people seem to live their life that way.

  3. Hi Steve.

    I watched that clip twice…very profound! Looks like people are like sheep going to the slaughter lol. My take on watching people “going” like this reminds me of looking at people in Manhattan during rush hour. It always behooved me how they would walk like zombies day after day, on the same path going to their job! And for what?
    I always had that question in my mind during my short stay on Wall Street eons ago.

    That gave me the incentive to become an entrepreneur. When I put one foot in front of the other, I going somewhere that would benefit me. Will help me enjoy the day and the process.


    • Steve says:

      Hi Donna – Yes, indeed, all of Nic’s films are incredibly profound and well worth subscribing to them. I loved your description of the sheep going to the slaughter. You’re absolutely right . . .that’s exactly what I think when I see things like this. Or a bunch of robots just doing what they’ve been programmed to do. A good friend of mine used the phrase “victim of conditioned thinking” to describe a mutual friend, and I believe that’s what most people are — victims of conditioned thinking. They don’t really know what they’re doing or where they’re going. They just do, in large part, what they’ve been conditioned to think they’re supposed to do. When you awaken to that fact and see it in yourself is when you gain the incentives to do things just like you did, become an entrepreneur, do something different, live the life you choose to live other than what other’s have chosen for you.

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