1. Don't shrink yourself or your ambitions.
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
It's tempting to play small. To just settle and take it easy. It would definitely be easier, at least in the short run. Because going after what you really want demands so much time, effort and possible pain along the way. But it's also there where you grow and can live fully.
While playing small might be easier it also comes with nagging thoughts at the back of your head that say "Is this all there is? Could I have done more?". Taking the tough road is of course harder in many ways. But it is also there you find the truly awesome triumphs and wonderful times that you may never have experienced otherwise.