How To Figure Out What The Hell You Want To Do With Your Life

Tom Kuegler
Jun 6, 2018 · 9 min read
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I’m here in the Philippines (I’m American), on a three month trip in Southeast Asia. I am a digital nomad. I recently started vlogging, but I’m more “popular” for my work as a writer here on Medium with 21,000 followers.


1. What You ‘Want To Do’ Is A Moving Target

We arrive, figure out that what we wanted has a lot of flaws, then we end up wanting something else that’s sort of related to what we wanted at the start, but not really.


2. Chasing What We ‘Want To Do’ Now Always Gets Us Closer To Our Personal Legend

I learn so much about myself and realize that I simply need to “focus the camera” a little more to catch a better glimpse of what I’m ACTUALLY aiming for.

“At that point in their lives (youth), everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.

But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend….whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”


How To Figure Out Your Purpose..

Step 1: Forget Money And Forget Reason

It was an absolutely horrible financial and logical decision, and my Mom hated the idea, but it was easily the best/most important decision I ever made.


Step 2: Do Sh*t That Scares The Hell Out Of You

I promise that doing stuff that scares you is always horrible in the moment. There’s no getting around it. You feel awkward and weird and unnatural, but trust me these are good feelings to have.


Step 3: Honestly Believe That You Can Do This

It helps you see that your fears aren’t that big and scary after all. Then when you actually surmount them, you feel invincible.

The biggest key to success I think is honestly believing you can do anything. I reached this point in late 2016, right before I got started writing here on Medium.


Step 4: Work Hard As Fudge

Because for the next year and a half I’d spend 8–12 hours of basically every day working. I’d work with my Mom, I’d work for clients, I’d write a blog post every night and spend 30–45 minutes answering every single comment.


Step 5: Do Not Get Comfortable, Continue To Innovate

My personal legend is still unknown to me. I want to tell stories. I want to inspire. I want to help people live a life that they want. I think that’s the closest I’ll get to describing my true personal legend.

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Tom Kuegler

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Vlogger. Travel blogger. 27 years old. Currently in the Philippines. Get my free 5-day Medium course via email → https://bit.ly/35yyIIu

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Tom Kuegler

Written by

Vlogger. Travel blogger. 27 years old. Currently in the Philippines. Get my free 5-day Medium course via email → https://bit.ly/35yyIIu

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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