If you were asking for my bucket of core beliefs, I wouldn’t hesitate to name this: self-education.
This week I’ve gone through some articles about building a real-world MBA. That would mean having several grands to play with. Here’s what I have: no money, but plenty of time. Consider to gather the best techniques to 10x the output, and time can really turn into the most valuable resource.
Without a proper training on how money are made, risks of breaking down somewhen along the path are high. Especially if you’ve been relying on someone else to deliver you the paycheck. It’s been quite hard to be sincerely interested in the subject without feeling the emotional pain of leaving social issues apart and creeping in selfishly guilty sentiment. Everyone agrees that we have to make a living, but the risk is to settle on average livings.
Not to say average is bad – most of mankind stands in the middle of the Bell curve, when considering traditional measures of success and performance. Although I feel that paychecks affect the way we consider each other much more than other metrics. Nothing could kill improvement more than splitting personal rewards and social issues. Everyone’s well-being has to be nourished to enhance the whole community. I suggest to address our healthy dissatisfaction elsewhere.
Once I’ve understood that money is a function of the benefit I’m able to deliver, there was nothing more to complain about. I find it extremely powerful! Most of variables relies within my ability to learn, ask help to the right people, define who I’ll be able to help best, and make it happen. There really is no excuse to give up trying, unless you’re willing to go elsewhere.
Figure out all that is never simple. Here’s a sample of how far my mind ran when faced with the problem of making things happen.
“I’m not succeeding, therefore I’m not consistent enough.”
“Yeah. I’ve gotta choose something to get started.”
“But I don’t want my view to narrow! Creativity relies in unexpected connections between unrelated ideas and sparks of serendipity!”
“Sure enough, serendipity might happen, but is not a rule.”
“In my opinion, genuine curiosity should arise within, not being forced by external conditions.”
“Creativity needs discipline and constraints to flourish.”
“At the very end, it’s all a matter of luck. Should I really push myself so hard?”
“I won’t settle.”
“Working hard on the wrong thing is not going to take me anywhere.”
I’m sure you see the madness of all this.
I also hope it’s a shared illness.
The fact is nothing yet is settled. And I like to declare it.
The most utopian goals you set, the most pragmatic you need to be to make them happen. I’ll rewire my brain circuits as often as possible with this heaven-sent insight.
I’m testing a strict habit to keep me on track. I’ll elaborate on that as soon as I’ll gather some consistent data.
If your goals are ambitious and crazy enough, even failure will be a pretty good achievement.