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Yesterday, many pieces came together and I had one of the biggest “aha” revelations of my life.
I want to share it with you because I’m positive it’s going to help you get way more happy, successful, and fulfilled.
People are always looking for the secret. The map.
To the perfect relationship or the perfect marriage. What rules do I follow? What actions do I take? What should I say or not say?
Or we’re looking for “secret” of success. What’s the map I should follow to become the next Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates or Steve jobs?
What book should I read next to make me more successful?
What daily actions should I take in order to crush it?
Maybe it’s the key to happiness.
The happiness movement has exploded in recent years – books are flying off the bookshelves, the positive psychology movement has sprung up, and it’s quite possibly the biggest sub niche inside of personal development that has ever existed.
So what’s the secret to happiness? What should I be doing every day to be happy?
Or for those of you fellow 20 somethings, maybe you want the road map to no longer being lost. You just want a quick formula to follow: passionate work + good relationship + adventure = no longer being lost.
But here was my huge revelation:
THERE IS NO MAP.
Sounds Scary? It’s Not – Here’s Why That’s Awesome
Look – the past few years I’ve been figuring out how to build an online business.
And I’ve observed why other people have failed, and why I have failed constantly throughout the process many times before having any success. I’ve been in business masterminds and learned that in 18 months I’ve had more success than some people have in 10 years trying to figure out how to start a business.
Most of the time it’s because everyone is wondering “What in the hell am I supposed to be doing?” And they’re crazy overwhelmed.
There are 100’s of gurus with 100’s of different business models, any one of which could make you quite successful.
If you are trying to build something in life, there are guideposts, but there isn’t really a map. That’s why running a startup is a project in failing a thousand times, figuring shit out, and iterating as quickly as possible.
Yeah you can learn marketing. Yeah you can learn sales. Yeah you can learn how to acquire users. But none of that guarantees anything. It doesn’t guarantee people will want your product or your program or your business.
And that’s something that you have to figure out on your own.
You Just Have to Know the Destination
Clarity is CRAZY important – If you don’t define success, or don’t define your goals, you won’t reach them, no matter what.
There’s an old Earl Nightingale quote I’m going to butcher, “A steamboat that leaves New York, without a destination in mind, will never reaches its destination because it has no point in mind. But a boat that leaves, with the intention of getting to a specific location on the map, will always get there, 100% of the time, no matter how long it takes – because it can always correct its course.”
If you know exactly what you want, it’s only a matter of time before you get it as long as you’re plugging away every day and grinding.
Weird shit will start happening. Connections will happen.
Even weird coincidences will start happening to push you along the path.
You DON’T have to know how you’re going to get there, before you even begin.
But you HAVE to know where you want to end up.
And then you have to hustle, improve a little bit each day, and know that you will indeed get there.
This is going to make life a hell of a lot better for you.
Because now you can stop stressing out about FINDING the god damn map, and just focus on taking steps forward every single day.
You don’t have to stress out about HOW you’re going to make shit happen. You just have to START making shit happen.
Stop wondering what map to follow, or where the map is, or even WHAT the map is.
Set your marker: I want to get to the north pole.
Take step 1: begin walking.
And embark on the adventure: figure out how to get there.
Stop waiting for permission or some huge revelation, aha moment, or perfect timing.
Mark the destination, take that first step, and figure it out – like every successful person in history before you.
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