I had an epiphany.
I haven’t had one of those in a while.
Do you want to know the secret to finding something you love and positioning yourself to be great at it?
Well, it’s not really a secret.
When I tell you, you’ll probably be disappointed that it’s so anti-climactic. You might think to yourself, “well, obviously”. You may not even believe me.
Poor kid thinks he’s ‘figured it out’ at 26.
Here’s the thing though: If you’re not loving what you’re waking up to go do every and getting better at it everyday, then this may be of interest to you.
You’ve got to love the process, not just the end result.
You’ve heard that whole thing about “anything that’s worth having is worth working for”?
It’s true, but isn’t that the hard part? What’s that thing that’s “worth working for”? Whenever we think we’ve found it, things get tough or dull and we turn our attention to something else.
Because if the journey from A to B is muggy and frustrating and full of smelly, annoying people it won’t be “worth it” when you get there.
I’ll give a quick example using a baking analogy because I don’t know anything about baking.
Let’s say you love cake.
You love decorating the cake and coming up with cute themes and sharing pretty cake pics on Instagram.
So you’re going to be a baker!
But you hate shopping and cleaning and measuring and waiting and failing and think the cake will look like that cake you saw on Pinterest. All things typically involved in the process of baking.
If you don’t enjoy the struggle and the end result, I don’t advise taking baking up as a career.
The idea of being a baker is appealing, but the reality is not— for this hypothetical version of you.
You could be pretty good at it if you really work. We tend to enjoy things we’re good at. But that feeling will be temporary.
If you really want to hit the bulls eye on what you love doing that’s worth working for, maybe test out this flow chart I made for myself. I’m trying it out and it’s been fun so far.
After all, the answer is only important if you ask the right questions. (Thanks, Mr. Myagi)
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