What are you doing and why are you doing it?
As I did a bit of reflecting on one of my famous late-night walks last year, I realized something important.
If you’re a multi-talented person, there’s a good chance someone will say something along these lines at one point or another:
What are you doing, and why are you doing it?
Or, like me, if you’ve changed paths and had people wonder what you’re up to:
What the hell is he doing? Why isn’t he engaged in what he used to be doing?
I think one of the reasons people ask questions like this is because over the years I’ve developed many skills and talents. I also happen to be bilingual.
So, it would be easy for people to say I should be doing one thing over another. Some people say I should be dedicating most of my time to my music. Others say I should take up a job as a translator.
Is Course Correction Necessary?
It used to be that whenever people said things like that I would take a close look at what I was doing to evaluate whether it was serving me. And honestly, I probably spent too much time thinking about it and worrying about what other people thought.
Now don’t get me wrong. People are typically well-meaning when they question your direction, because they see your potential. It feels good when others see what you’re capable of and think you might be good at a variety of things.
But now I’ve realized questions like this may be a sign you’ve chosen the right path.
No One Else Can Tell You Whether You’re Right or Wrong
Ultimately, only you know what your reasons are for doing what you do.
In my case, there are a lot of people that thought I should just be making more music, which is something I did a lot of over the course of 12 years or more.
But I wanted to write books and build a business. So, I think a lot of people looked at me a little weird when I said that was my vision and goal.
Take a moment and ask yourself:
Is there something you’re doing right now that people are telling you not to do? Your business, or your music career perhaps? Is there something else they think you should be doing with your time?
A Time to Persist and a Time to Reevaluate
Maybe you are at a crossroads and you need to reevaluate, but maybe, just maybe you’re on the right path and it would be a waste of time for you to think too deeply on this.
I’m not saying it’s not worth looking at your direction from time to time, and I would suggest doing this at least yearly.
But constantly questioning your direction can erode your self-confidence and cause you to lose focus, so you need to ask yourself if it’s worth paying that price.
I now realize if I had stopped building my business I would never be presented with the opportunities I have today. The Music Entrepreneur HQ is growing fast. Had I quit on this path, I would not see the blessings I now see in my life.
You Can’t Please Everyone
If you’re doing things that appear to satisfy everyone you know, you may be on the wrong path altogether. When you’re doing something that rocks the boat, sometimes that’s how you know you’re on to something. You don’t want to be neutral. You don’t want to be vanilla. You won’t stand out from the crowd. In a sense, you need to make people love you or hate you.
Polarization is sometimes a necessary part of positioning yourself in your market.
So, will you remain steadfast when others think you should be doing something else? Will you press into the “why” when others question you?
In summary, it’s worth evaluating what you’re doing at set intervals. But doing this too often could cause you to lose momentum and confidence. If you believe in what you’re doing, you need to go all in. Close the back door and keep going. You will be rewarded for this.