Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
The companies on the Fortune list have many things in common, and one of the ones that really jumped out is that they understand that there is more to the people who work there than work. Your employees have interests and desires that extend far beyond doing a good job for you, and if you can tap into that, they will actually do an even better job for you.
You can’t know what you’re good at unless you try new things. Being a Jack of All Trades requires having the courage to try something new… a lot.
It’s hard to find new things you enjoy doing unless you’re willing to leave your comfort zone. The most exciting lives are those lived uncomfortably.
Success requires you to conquer your fears.
Part of conquering your fears, and finding happiness deals with being 100% ok with who you are.
There is no luck. There is only passion and purpose. When combined, things just seem to fall into place.
People with passion and purpose are creators. They create relationships, ideas, and movements. They live their love. Their life is their art. Everyone else just has an opinion. Who will you choose to be?
Creating with purpose is fun. Unfortunately, we often confuse success, or purpose with fake work… or meetings.
If what you’re doing now doesn’t make you happy, change something.
Being willing to stand up for what you believe in is what separates the good from the great.
LOVE > MONEY. It’s simple math. And each one requires relatively the same amount of work. Which do you choose?
Your head and your heart are different, but equally important. Trust them both, but also make sure they keep each other in check.
You can change the world… but only if you’re ambitious enough to try.