On Jan 4, 2015, I wrote a post that marked a pivotal point in my life.
I drew some lines in the proverbial sand and put some rigor around committing to them.
- I was going to get what I was worth
- I was going to do what I loved
- I was going to focus on proving things to myself first and then to everyone else
- I was going to give the things I chased my damnedest effort
To be totally transparent, this likely isn’t the first time that I had made many of these self declarations. But it was the first time I had some real clarity about what any of it meant and how to go about putting these ideals into action.
To get there, I had to ask myself questions like this:
- What am I worth?
- How do I show people?
- What do I really love to do? No seriously. What do I LOVE?
- What does giving 1000% really look like? (No, that’s not a typo). (Gary Vaynerchuk knows what I mean).
- How can I implement systems that work for ME to get to steady diet of growth and improvement?
Since I wrote the piece, I’ve started to try to answer those questions and delve deeper into those things that I love; the things that keep tugging on my coat-tails and urging me to just get started.
In my pursuit of understanding myself, I’m learning to embrace my eclectic and expansive interests and developing skills sets.
As I see it, I’m a writer. An aspiring photographer. A marketing strategist. A developing health and fitness geek. A husband. A counselor to friends. And much more in the queue.
When I took a moment to reflect at the end of 2015, I remember asking myself if my aspirations were too unfocused; if my ambitions would have me spread too thin.
Then I remembered this little nugget of wisdom from Roger Martin’s, The Opposable Mind:
“The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
The best part is that the interests I’m pursuing actually have lots of synergy around them so I don’t even have to be held to having the first rate intelligence. =P
So here we are, early in 2016 and I’m still working to refine a system that allows me to pursue my interests in a way that’s both pleasurable and economically sensible.
Here are a few resources I’ve used along the way that might be useful to you as well.
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek — Start here. Seriously. It’s a great the first step.
- Any.Do — Keeps me organized and on top of my sh*t. For web & mobile use
- StayFocused — Does exactly what it says it does
- Evernote — To capture little insights at the drop of a dime
- Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur — If you’re building something, it’s a fantastic resource.
And it turns out that it’s not actually impossible. I’m work-in-progress proof of that. You must be encouraged. Be patient. — PLEASE be patient. — And be sensible in your approach.
Most notably though, you have to understand the salience of sacrifice.
More on that later.
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