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Goals are great to have. You will be aimless without them. But goals do have some dangers. At times we become so obsessed with our goals that we sacrifice other parts of our life. And when we achieve our goals, if we're too invested in them, we feel empty afterwards.
Goals cannot make you happy. Goals are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. They are only supposed to give some direction.
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