When we are kids, we’re often asked the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We’ve always answered that question in a funny, quirky way without taking these things too seriously. However, when we are into our teens, we start dreaming and start working on it. Some people want to win Olympic medals and be professional athletes, a few others want to be writers, artists, and a few others work towards being doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and sales man.
Now, as entrepreneurs and professionals well into our 30s, many of us seem to have lost that dream. We’re focused on building the next billion dollar idea, paying bills, and making ends meet that we forget that our real purpose and mission is being the best at some craft.
Reminds me of the famous line Sylvester Stallone says in one of the Rocky movies when asked why he wants to get back in the ring, Stallone says I want to fight because fighters fight. Everybody is born to be something, it’s important to identify what it is and focus everyday on being that. If you’re a writer, you wake up every day and write. If you’re a film maker, you make films. Everything else is a means to an end.
Many of us are focused on what we want to achieve rather than what we want to be. Achievement is a result of being good at something. Does it mean that we shouldn’t have goals and strive for something? Absolutely not, every person should have goals, and a plan to achieve those goals. At the same time, it’s important to focus on being that person who is worthy of those achievements. If you’re goal is to win Wimbledon, you need to focus on being the best grass court tennis player in the world. When you’re the best at something, winning becomes easier.
I see so many companies in the world who’re just there to make a quick buck. Instead, if they focus on being the best at a specific craft for which there is market demand, then there is a very high likelihood that they’ll make those bucks faster and more consistently.
The purpose of this article is to open up your mind to pause, think and change course if necessary. The most important quality in life is to be honest with yourself. A lot of magical things can happen when you have that honest conversation with yourself. You could discover that monk moment.
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