What will you do today?

What will you do today?  What will you do to shine?  What will you do to innovate?  What will you do to bring you closer to whatever it is you want?

I don’t know what you want, but I know a lot of things are within reach.  They’re just hiding most of the time.  Makes the game interesting…

My personal aim on this blog is to encourage all of you to take control of what’s at your disposal and use it well.  No need to hurt others, no need to become a workaholic, no need to be unethical.

But no matter how hard I try to help and no matter how many people get to view this website, only a handful of people are ever going to take it all the way.  It doesn’t matter how many people offer their advice to help others make a difference, only a small number will give their all and create their own pile of win.

Are you one of that small number?  Are you an innovator?

Why do only a relative few manage to shine?  Some possibilities:

  • Other aspects of life (big and small) get in the way;
  • Not everyone develops (or recognises) a true passion for anything;
  • There seems too much initial work to be bothered;
  • Fear of failure / Not prepared to take a risk;
  • You want to succeed, but give up when gratification doesn’t come quickly.

People give all sorts of reasons why they haven’t managed to go the whole way.  Some are good reasons and some are just excuses.  I bet they all feel like good reasons at the time.

Uni gives you access to so many resources that it’s crazy.  No matter how small your institution is, you can enjoy a wealth of goodness without moving off campus.

And with so many digital tools at our disposal, you’re able to push your own brand without having to ask for anyone else’s permission.  You have the power to stretch out wherever you want.  The Internet and mobile technology isn’t just for reading what people are doing, discussing last night, building a farm or joining the mafia!

“Let yourself experience life with your eyes and heart and mind wide open.”
Robbin – Brains On Fire

I’m not suggesting that all you need to do to succeed is to believe in what’s possible and keep trying again and again (and again) until you’ve won.  It’s not that simple and it’s not practical.

But that doesn’t mean you should give up and not bother at all.  Many successful entrepreneurs succeed amid many of their failures.  They won’t dwell on the failures.  In fact, the failures will soon be forgotten except for:

  • The knowledge that they’re a step closer to finding another success;
  • The lessons they’ve learned that will hold them in better stead for their next venture.

Nothing is guaranteed and nothing is certain, but the only way you can find out what’s possible is to start doing stuff. Do it now!  Sure, you shouldn’t just run off without due caution and with no plan whatsoever, but you do need to begin somewhere.

After all, you’ll never find the perfect circumstances to suit your personal situation.  You’re in a better position where you are than if you wait until you’re somewhere else.

You’ve got more chances than you probably think.  But you’ve got to take them.  Don’t waste it away.  I missed plenty opportunities simply because I didn’t know better.  It’s a mistake I try not to repeat on a regular basis.  It happens sometimes, but I’d rather slip up occasionally and get back up than sit on my bum and do nothing at all.

What will you do today?

12 comments

  1. Thanks for an inspiring and punchy read – and thanks for the link too 🙂

    Like you, I regret the opportunities I missed. I had a lot of time on my hands as a student (particularly in vacations), and I didn’t make much of it. I’m actually much happier nowadays; I’m busier, but it’s a richer life! I constantly have to curb a tendency to wait till everything’s perfect — it’s never gonna happen…

    1. Waiting for perfection is a bit like waiting to earn ‘enough’ money to live. As you say, it’s never gonna happen!

      I read about the study where researchers discovered a tendency for people to always live to the higher level of whatever is ‘within their means’.

      So you may be earning X and you think you’ll settle once you start earning Y. However, those who subsequently begin to earn Y will begin spending as if they *need* to earn Y just to stay alive.

      We’re either not very good at budgeting and looking after our money, or we’re so ambitious that instead of settling down we automatically push toward achieving the next goal.

      Or perhaps we’re a bit of both…

  2. thanks man. i always love it to read this blog. this topic quite interesting. n guess i have the same problem. “Not everyone develops (or recognises) a true passion for anything;” somehow i have passion for more than one thing and i don’t know which one i should put effort the most. we can’t expect to master everything right? if possible put some advice in the next post ya regarding ‘recognizing your passion’. =)

  3. I’m a huge advocate for following your passion. After years of doing what others thought would be profitable for me, I finally realized that following my passion is what makes me happy and also makes me money.

    Do what you Love and the Money will follow.

    1. It’s always good when you can combine what makes you happy with making a living. I’m happy to hear that things are working out for you now.

      It’s so true that we’re led at many points by other people’s suggestions on what will be good, or profitable, for us. They don’t know. How could they know when it’s difficult enough for us to be sure?

  4. Great post, Martin. There are way too many elf-help books and blogs about following your dream, as if the dream is attainable. This is a sensible, achievable version of that. I’m sure most of us could achieve more if we made realistic moves in the right direction. I’ll refrain from calling your post awesome, though: the Taj Mahal is awesome; Paradise Lost is awesome; this is just a very good blog post. Cheers!

    1. You may not call the post awesome, but you’re still too kind.

      I don’t like the ‘positive thinking’ craze that suggests you should simply believe what you want in order to get what you want. It’s worth checking out Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, “Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America & the World”, for a debunking of all that.

    1. I’m not keen on elf-help books. They’re a bit short.

      Not an entirely accurate joke, apparently, but I’m only using humour for the sake of my ‘elf.

      I’m here all week, etc., etc.

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