Couple days back we talked about fear being your best friend instead of derailing your efforts to achieve the best version of yourself by having a lion heart. I had a moment this summer in my life where I really just kind of got woke and said, “What am I doing with my life?” I could do so MUCH MORE. I’ve been spending time since then finding, reading, and studying ways to get past my procrastination to do just that.
Below is some my small finds with big pay offs.
A problem is a terrible thing to waste. These are the moments, swing at the fence type moments, that really define what our true potential is. At times we spend to much time shying away from problems and not realizing the true harm that creates. Peter Diamandis puts it this way:
I think of problems as gold mines. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.
Find the biggest problem you can get yourself in position of. That train is scary, I get it. There’s a huge need out there for the solve and the world needs you to solve it. Steve Jobs. Edison. Tesla. Apple. Google. You get it.
Others that doubt you, when they are in number, is a great indicator that they are wrong or you are about to make a tremendous breakthrough. Others fear and doubt others success. They see there own disappointment often as they look at that person who is in front of them making it and displace it. Use it to drive you. It’s an accelerant for a fire that is ragging in you as you drive that creative idea to its end. My best success in my career has been found in the midst of others who said I couldn’t do it and doubted my abilities.
Being financially solvent doesn’t always happen in the investment of a portfolio or in capital gains. It happens in an investment in people. You have a responsibility in your investment to humanity while on this ball of dirt. Leave people in a better place then how you’ve met or found them. Helping a billion people is the fastest way to becoming a billionaire. It pays you back with bigger dividends then a investment in the best performing stock could ever. Larry Page has a very simple way he does this:
I now have a very simple metric I use: Are you working on something that can change the world? Yes or no? The answer for 99.99999% of people is ‘no.’ I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.
So announce your big audacious goal to the world. Don’t wait and let doubt stall you. Listen and watch for the tells during your work that you are on the right track. Lastly, invest in people first, the financial needs will take care of themselves.
Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for taking the time out to read the post.