Being great at something will almost always make you money.
More importantly if you’re good at something you love, it’ll make you happy.
For a couple years now my mission has been finding this passion by learning as many things as possible till I felt I found my gift. I’m looking for the thing that would make me the happiest guy in the world
The current venture? You guessed it, blogging, and it’s damn near a winner.
On these ventures I’ve discovered the process of self development, and it’s the same every time.
I’ve had excursions with investing, garage saling, fighting, poker, and now blogging to name a few.
Each have been things I’ve enjoyed, and some I still stick with while getting better, but I didn’t immediately love. Except for maybe investing and poker (hopefully blogging too).
However, I did figure out how to get pretty good at each, and it’s a clear cut system .
1st.) Learn How to Learn.
As a student engineer, learning how to learn is has become my specialty and job description.
Figuring out analytical problems out is a passion of mine, as weird as that may be.
The best way to figure out how to learn, is by learning out how to do a Rubix cube.
Sounds crazy right? Let me explain.
- The cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 combinations, every time you’ll be greeted by a new set-up and each time you’ll have to use your tools to solve it, eventually you will figure out what is paramount to it’s solving it. This is the crux of problem solving
- Defining paramount conditions is what great problem solving is about, you have to establish the most important factors to the problem. If those factors didn’t solve it, you go to the next less important set of parameters, and then the next, and so on.
- The principles of engineering are often based on what conditions are factors, and what are not. We define what are we given, and what do we have to find, and then define what applicable tools do we have to get our answer.
- With the cube, every-time you’ll be able to apply the same thought process, finding the variables of paramount importance (the position of colors), and use your tools (your algorithms for solving), to get your solution (completed cube).
Once you learn this process you can recognize 4 different levels of competence
- Unknowing incompetence – not knowing what you dont know
- Knowing incompetence -knowing what you don’t know
- Knowing competence -knowing how to do it, but needing effort
- Unknowing competence – completing tasks effortlessly
It will be crystal clear what point you’re at while solving.
Now that we have your skill of learning to learn, and you can recognize your competence levels, we can move forward.
2nd.) Start Trying to Learn Everything and See What You Love.
Every month, line up a new activity, see if you’re good at it and see if you love it.
If you don’t, on to the next.
A couple ideas consist of:
- Garage Sailing
- Instagram Marketing
- iPhone Restoration
The list goes on and on, some make more than others but it’s about what you’re passionate about. If you love it, you’ll do it a-lot. If you do it a-lot, you’ll get good. If you get real good, you’ll get paid.
Now that you know how to learn, you’ll pick some of these things up in no time.
3rd Do That.
Continue to do that as long as you desire, if you truly love it, you won’t want to stop, ever. It’ll be a thing you do when you’re out of your full time job, or before it, or on weekends.
If you love it you’ll want to do it for free.
Shoeless Joe Jackson and Baseball- Historical quotes saying he loved baseball so much he would’ve played for free.
Gary Vaynerchuk and Entrepreneurship- Reiterates heavily that he cant breathe without entrepreneurship.
Tom Brady and Super Bowls- Doesn’t need the money, doesn’t need the accolades anymore, he hustles 365 to get the next one.
Find your thing, love it, do it.
4th Monetize It.
Everyone needs to make a living somehow, while you’re finding your passion you’re probably going to need to work full time along with it.
You have to eventually monetize if you want to make a living doing it. Figure out how to do just that.
I’ll let you know this step when I get there.
Thanks for reading guys, hit my line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments on my writing.