My friend sent me an email recently asking me to imagine having enough money to cover all of my expenses for an entire year, and having that time to work toward getting better at one skill. 365 days devoted to ONE THING. Working full-time on that one thing, I would be able to dedicate 2,080 hours to improving. I visualize every single day in order to focus on what I want and motivate myself to get it, so visualizing how well I woulc learn to do something with a year to practice was easy for me.
The conversation inspired me to write an email about becoming a master at something, and the recognition you get when you do master something. Think of all of the videos you’ve seen or stories you’ve read about amazing people who are really, REALLY good at doing one thing: Felik Zemdegs solves a Rubik’s cube in 5.66 seconds (oh yes…it’s true), Michael Phelps wins 19 gold Olympic medals, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Twain…
The reason you know all of these names is because these people got really good at something, and decided to build their lives around it. People get recognized for mastery.
Now the question I’m proposing: is recognition something you should work toward? Is it worth anything at all? Well, of course it’s worth something. It feels amazing when you put your energy and thought into something and someone recognizes you for it. Imagine that on a higher level. As far as working toward it, there’s no problem with that either. If your goal is to get 10,000 followers on your blog, or 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, what’s wrong with that?
The problem is, a lot of people get all caught up in those numbers. People begin working solely for better numbers, and that’s when their passion dies, when their interest drops, and these things become evident to others and the content or service they provide is worth much less.
So here is the solution: don’t start something with the idea that you’re going to be famous or recognized by hundreds or thousands of people. Start it because you enjoy doing it. If you do something, anything, with passion and interest, other people will see that and what you’re doing will catch on. There has to be that enjoyment on your end for there to be enjoyment on other people’s part.
Written By Dan Simms
The Bulb Culture
“Motivating You one step at a time.”
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