You can hear awesome if you put your ear against the door. You know awesome is just on the other side. But the great misconception is that you need a key to open the door. You don’t. The door is unlocked. You just need to turn the knob and walk through it. That’s the first secret about purpose. The door has been open the whole time. Push the door open and take the next step into awesome. The second secret about purpose is that it usually finds you. Purpose is attracted to motion. Purpose is attracted to momentum. Purpose loves to surprise you mid-stride. Very rarely will it greet you on your front doorstep. More often than not, you’ll encounter purpose in the middle of the road when you least expect it. So start. The door has always been open. But I must warn you. The moment you decide, “I’m going to live with purpose today instead of trying to find my purpose someday,” you’ll be tempted to look for shortcuts. Now that you are free to start down the path of Learning, you may want to turn that freedom into a license to jump ahead. Don’t. It never works out.
I’ve never met a farmer who was surprised by his crops. Who stood on a front porch, in overalls I’m assuming, and stared out at a crop of blood oranges when he clearly remembered planting soybeans. If you work hard, you tend to expect results. If you decide that you’ll spend ten hours a week on your path to expertise instead of twenty, you’ll get there slower than someone who owns the twenty and gets down to business.
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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