So You Want A Great Career Huh?
I think it's safe to say that you would've heard either your parents or teachers tell you that you “should work hard, do well at school, go to university, get a degree and get a great career”. That sounds about right doesn't it?
Well here's the thing.
Simply put, if what you've been aiming for has been a “good career” than you've been setting yourself up for failure and you're likely to fail.
The world has evolved so much that it's simply “not good enough” to aim for “good” anymore.
If you aim for “excellent”, you may get “great”.
If you aim for “great”, you may get “good”.
And if you aim for “good”, well….
If you want anything that remotely resembles “good results” in this day and age – where everything is so much more competitive and fast-paced – I suggest you better start to aim for excellent results.
How do you do that? We'll cover that in another post.
But for now, realize that, even if you're aiming for “great”, you're still facing a daunting uphill battle that's very likely going to also end in failure.
Watch Larry Smith, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo, speak more about that in the video below.
Find The Highest Expression Of Your Talent Now
If you haven't yet found the highest expression of your talent or passion yet, that's the first and most important place to start.
It's not enough to settle for something that you find “interesting”.
The real joy in being truly successful in your personal or professional life, is to find what you're truly passionate about. If what you're truly passionate about is aligned with what you are most talented with, that's a HUGE bonus for you. You're a step or two ahead of the rest of them.
But here's the real kicker!
Yet, Still Most People Will Fail
Even people who know what they are truly passionate about and talented at, will likely fail. Not all of them, but a good number of them.
Why is that the case?
Why do the numbers show that only 3% of the entire population ever succeeds at achieving their goals for example?
Because they fail to take action towards that which they are passionate about. They fail to use and express their real talents fully and they fail to avoid the “pit of endless excuses”.
For the longest time, I too, lived in that pit. It was a long, dark, and dirty climb out of that pit full of B.S. but I got out finally.
Every now and again, I find myself walking right at the edge of that deep pit again, but I guess I'm fortunate I have the resources to keep me out of it. Most importantly, I have coaches and mentors that help keep me on track.
What Will You Do Now?
So, what will you do from now on?
What will you teach your children when they come tell you that they have a dream, or that they know what they really want to do?
Will you tell them to study hard, go to university and get a great career?
Or will you tell them to follow their talents, passion and dream?
Hmmm…something to think about.