Different people throughout my various social media platforms have posted Gary Vaynerchuk (if you do not know who he is look him up now) about working your ass off and getting things done.
One quote of his that came across my computer screen today was “I am going to build the biggest building in the city by BUILDING THE BIGGEST BUILDING IN THE CITY”
Take action on your goals, stop sitting around feeling gratified that you planned everything out. Go beyond the first step of accomplishing your goals, take the third, fourth, fifth, twentieth step.
The initial steps for any endeavor are always the sweetest. You begin full of energy ready to tackle anything. You have a vision for exactly how things will play out and may even have each step along the way planned out.
But at some point those initial steps start becoming longer and more spread out. We realize that we’ve reached the plateau of success and get bored. What we don’t realize is that no matter what we do in life, at some point it flatlines for a period of time before progress accelerates again. This happens in our diets, workouts, business, life goals, etc.
That initial spike in endorphins is like a drug that we continue to crave. Once that feeling goes away, we move on to the next endeavor to get our fix.
I am not a huge believer in following your passion. I will not however completely ignore the fact that it is slightly relevant and if you find yourself with no passion at all in what you are doing then you need to fucking stop.
The catch however is you need to 1. know what you are going to do next and 2. have a foundation in place to start this next plan
- Knowing what you are going to do next
- If you have plans on quitting your job, school or whatever it is, you better have a clear plan on where you are going next. Quitting your job just to sit on the couch all day is going to give you that same endorphin rush but will eventually fade away like everything else. Other than responsibilities (unless you can monetize them somehow) what are you spending the majority of your time thinking about? What is something you have always wanted to do for at least the past 5-10 years? Not since last week, that would just be another rush, everyone has something they have envisioned themselves doing or becoming but never acted on it.
- Have a foundation in place
- Never, ever quit your current situation without a foundation set in place for your next situation. If you hate your job but have an idea for a product or want to branch out on your own company, you better have the ball rolling on those projects before quitting. Here is where most people falter. This step may involve you staying up late at night, sacrificing time with friends/family, getting up extra early to get the work done. If you want to have any chance to have success after quitting, you need to work a lot of lonely hours in order to get shit done. Quitting without being able to slide into the next project is a very foolish move.
Football coach Mike Leach in a postgame interview had one of my favorite quotes of all time: “Everyone wants to win the game, but no one wants to play it” We are sold on a daily basis to dream about what we want, ask the universe for it, plan and set goals like crazy. The bottom line is you need to do the work, you need to stay up late, you need to get up early, you need to realize that you are a nobody and should not be trying to live a life full of “perks” because you “deserve it.” You do not deserve anything, you have to earn it. You are not special, you need to put in the work. There is no magic book or pill to get around these two facts.
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