On never giving up
I’ve given up many times. Too many times. More than I’d like to admit.
It’s hard to keep pushing. Too hard sometimes. Sometimes you just want to give up. And then you just give up. And that’s ok.
But all of the things I gave up so far had one thing in common.
They were all about chasing opportunities. That one cool idea I had. That one opportunity I saw.
But the thing about chasing opportunities is that they are just that. They are just opportunities.
They are not who you are deep down inside. They are not what you really want to do. What you know you should be doing deep down inside. They’re just a tool that might maybe help you to get to where you really want to be. A tool to help you do that one thing you always wanted to do.
It’s always the same thing. We do all of these things so that we might maybe one day be able to do that one thing we have been dreaming about doing for a long, long time.
“I just need to finish this and then I can finally start doing what I really want to do in life. I just need to make enough money so I’m free enough to be able to do what I really want to do. I just need…”
But the truth is that you’ll never finish this. Or that. You’ll never have enough money. You’ll never have enough of anything. You’ll never be free enough.
The only way you’ll ever be free is when you do the things you know you should be doing deep down inside of you. These are the things you should be doing. Instead of chasing opportunities. Because opportunities come and go. And you’ll easily give up when the shit hits the fan.
But when you do the things you know you should be doing deep down inside, then you won’t give up so easily. Then you’ll keep pushing. No matter what. And if it doesn’t work out, then you’ll iterate. Then you’ll try to find other ways to make it work. Until it does.
Because it’s the only thing you can do. The only thing you know you should do. So you’ll never give up. And you’ll always find ways to make it work. To do it. No matter if it pays the bills or not. No matter if it’s just a side project. It’s all about doing it.
And that’s why it’s so important to start doing the things you know you should be doing right now. But don’t rush it. Go one step at a time.
Doing these things will help you to keep pushing. These are things things that will help you to get you up every single morning. These are the things that will help you to become the best version of yourself. To become and find yourself. These are the things.
And nothing else…
P.S. This was part 22/30 of my upcoming book. You can check it out and pre-order it here.