In his book Take my Advice: Letters to the Next Generation from People who Know a Thing or Two, James Harmon shares the advice he received in letters from people who are silent success stories. He reached out to many creative artists, independent film stars, writers, and poets, to ask why and how they continued their craft, even though they never became so famous that their names were known in every house. What he learned from the letters is how to take lessons from other people, and apply various opinions, ideas, and points of view into guidelines for living life.
In his introduction he quotes another author, “Don’t search for the answers. The point is to live everything. Live your questions now. Perhaps, then ,someday far in the future you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers.” Harmon offers this quote as a summation of what he learned from all of the letters. By finding a way to avoid being a robot, and to make sure that you are aware of how you live your life, Harmon believes that you can actually have a life worth living. In this quote Harmon shows that he is interested not in seeking out an end goal, but having confidence that the end state the he reaches will be one that he enjoys, if he focuses on living each moment with intention.