I have been reading MasteryÂ by Robert Greene, which focuses on the ideaÂ “How to become really good at something.” Â This has really made me think about my life’s purpose. Â What has the universe arranged for me to do (and be really good at) in this life? How should I go about finding my dream job?
If you want to be really good and pour yourself into something, you must really love doing it. Â Everyone I know that works long hours and experiences great success does not look at their work as “work”. Â If you don’t love whatÂ youÂ are doing, you won’t put in as much effort, thought, or planning, and the other people in your field willÂ progressÂ without you. Â So how do you find what you love doing? Â One of the hardest things is ignoring what might make you rich or what your parents encourage you to do; what society and your friendsÂ think you should do. Â This is anÂ invisibleÂ script that we have in our minds – assumptions about the path we must follow in life. Â We must look beyond this script into our true nature.
Think back to all the things you used to love to do as a child, that you would do forever and people could hardly tear you away from. This is a starting point from which you can begin to ascertain what you are naturally inclined to do. Â For me, the first things that comes to mind is memorizing maps. Â I got top finishes at the state geography bee because, for a couple of years, I memorized the entire World Book Encyclopedia Atlas. Â The problem for me is that I have always wanted to be a jack-of-all-trades, and I have always had a diverse group of interests. Â Origami, Speed Skating, Backpacking, Chess, Collecting things… you name it. Â How does one combine a love of many things into a single path in life? Â Find a career that blends as many different disciplines as possible. Be anÂ aggregatorÂ of ideas. Â The best person I can think of that currently embodies such a style is Tim Ferriss. Â So here I am, becoming a writer, blogger, andÂ collectorÂ of good ideas and ways to enhance your life.
In an upcoming post I will get into ways to help identify your hidden assumptions, and consider careers that fit with your life’s purpose.
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