The thing that stops us from starting new things is that we can’t see the end from the beginning. Why start if I’m not sure where it will lead me? What if where it leads me is not where I want to go? I think we give too much control to fate, as if we won’t have the ability to get back on the path when things don’t end up how we thought they would. The truth is, most of the time we end up exactly where we should be.
I’ve been on a Seth Godin binge lately and I came across a podcast where he talked about being “project-minded.” Instead of looking at our career from start to finish and trying to divine where we will end up at 52, we should see our pathway as a string of projects that we contribute value to indefinitely. This carries with it more innovation and takes away the stress of overthinking where we’ll end up.
In other words, pick a project that you want do to add value to the world, invest yourself in it, and see where you end up. If it fails, cast it aside and try something new. If it lands, follow the energy. If it works but you don’t like it, drop it and move on. Try, fail, and try again. You can’t go wrong seeking to provide benefit to the world. String together enough successes and in hindsight you will have a career. Genius.
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