I used to think that to find what you are supposed to do in life, you should listen to your inner voice. You know, life coaches say: ‘follow your passion’, ‘find what makes you tick’ and ‘you are meant to do great things’.
But as it turns out, not everything you’re passionate about — you can be great at. Some things are just not meant for you to be great at.
I mean, I can’t really sing (although I love to give in to karaoke-crazy-drunkenness from time to time). If I label singing as my passion — can I become Beyonce or Lady Gaga? No. I probably can’t even become Justin Bieber. If I work hard enough, I’ll probably reach a ‘good’ level at singing (the level that would allow me to sing in bars and not be thrown tomatoes at). But not great.
Great is born.
So the process of figuring out what to do in life is much more complicated than simply figuring out your ‘passion’. You also have to know yourself well — your strengths and your weaknesses.
But the reverse is true. If you’re truly good at something — you can (and probably will) become passionate about it. People become passionate about things that they can do better than others.
So the best strategy to finding ‘your thing’ is to focus on your strengths — and build (your ‘thing’) on top of them.
This reminds of Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept.
It consists of 3 circles:
- what you’re deeply passionate about;
- what you can be the best in the world at;
- making money.
Jim Collins Hedgehod Concept diagram.
I am deeply passionate about creating content and making ideas ‘liquid’. I am also pretty good (and potentially can become great) at writing. And being an influencer is a high-paying job nowadays.
In a nutshell, that’s how I thought about becoming a blogger. (And tell everything else to fuck off)
I know from experience of building a business and working on camera that my real strength lies in working in solitude, doing deep work. I can literally sit for hours and concentrate on solving a problem. I used to think that everyone could do that, but in today’s ADD-world that skill makes me a superhero (yay).
Writing is one of the few things that requires long hours of uninterrupted deep work. And I love that.
Deep inside, I am very passionate about learning how to live the best life, how to live YOUR life, and how to be happy and fulfilled. Self-development is really all I’ve ever been interested.
But let’s be frank, who can I teach and mentor at 21? I hate the thought of being another ‘life-coach’ or ‘destiny expert’ (and arranging a date with it for $10k+). I haven’t lived life yet.
What if I create a high-quality blog where I share all of my ideas, all of my thoughts, concepts and advice that I have piled up in Moleskines and Evernote folders? That could potentially be interesting to an audience, and help me structure my thoughts better.
Now, some of these ideas may be half-wrong, or completely wrong. That’s where you come in. I want you to comment on the stuff that I write in this blog, argue with me and share your honest opinion. Don’t take my word for it — challenge me. There is no better way to reach the truth than to bounce ideas off of each other.
This blog is for you to come up with your own way of how to live the best life.
Because to be honest, there is only one way — yours.
Thanks for reading.