Here are 7 of my most recent ideas. They feel pretty smart as I filter them from my brain through the keyboard.
Maybe the good ideas are finally seeping in because I’m turning 30 soon.
Or because I’m getting more sleep. Or it could be that Cali weed?
Take these and run. Better yet, fly.
1. Don’t go where you’re comfortable. Go where you’re needed.
Despite achieving some fairly difficult accomplishments in my life, I find that more often than not, I default towards safety and comfort. Don’t we all?
There’s nothing inherently wrong with going for comfort. But looking for something that feels comfy and finding meaningful work usually don’t intersect completely.
If you’re doing work that matters, there will certainly be elements of it that feel fun, carefree and effortless. But if the work is truly important, sometimes, it’s probably going to suck. Head in that direction anyway.
The level of discomfort you feel leaving the familiar is often a barometer for how necessary a change is in your life. Don’t ignore it.
2. You don’t luck into doing work that changes people. You must intend to do it.
You can’t accidentally write a book that changes the world.
You’d be hard pressed to find somebody who founded a massively successful charity by mistake.
Floyd Mayweather certainly didn’t luck into 50-0.
You must plan to change the world.
Whether or not you make that change is a function of time + effort + a bit of luck. But it starts with intent.
If you don’t want to do something, you won’t.
3. Solange is better than Beyoncé.
Pop stands for “popular.” Popular means a lot of people like it.
If a lot of people like and buy something, it must be standardized so that the maximum amount of people find it acceptable.
Beyoncé is the definition of pop and she’s the queen.
For some, that level recognition and respect might be the ultimate success.
For me, it seems more like a prison.
Solange is free from those expectations and limitations. Her music shines with originality because of it.
Hopefully, I can publish this before the Beyhive sends their assassins to my door.
4. We often shy away from doing, thinking and feeling for ourselves because we are afraid that we’ll get it “wrong.”
But there is no way to get creation wrong. The only wrong way to create something is not to.
There are lots more ideas on creativity and developing your craft in my albums.
5. As your skill increases, so will the number of opportunities available to you.
But it’s not just about skill.
In addition to mastering your craft, which increases the number of opportunities you’ll receive, you also have to know where to look for said opportunities so that you can show up in the right place, at the right time, with the right skill set.
6. Wordpress + copywriting + light video editing will again be a $100,000 skill set in 2018. You have been warned.
More info here. Nothing else to say.
7. You should do more projects.
You’re not in elementary school anymore. Nobody is grading you in life. You won’t pass this class by sticking to the curriculum.
Do more things that might not work. That’s how you find more things that will.