We have seen every field from business to sports begin to rely heavily on numbers in their decision making process. Facts. Data. Analysis and analysts.
We have seen the birth of life coaches, life consultants, and tarot card readers emerge to help people "find their why and what they are supposed to do with their life"...
Some of the self-help experts out there are even offering courses to people to walk them through the process of "how to figure out" what you should be doing with your life. Wasn't this a process that started as a child when your parents said, "What do you want to be when you grow up?... Almost always followed by a dare-devil, uninhibited, free-flowing answer?
I personally have found all of this to create higher levels of confusion/ anxiety rather than more calm and peace.
There are so many options out there.. What do you choose? Who do you choose? How do you overcome the fear of uncertainty?
I believe the answer is actually more simple than we think. Let's think about an artist for a minute.
Does an artist read a book on what they should paint? Do they spend countless months and years thinking about their first painting?
Absolutely not. Why? Creation is within the soul of the artist. What ends up on the canvas is self-expression. The canvas is a landing strip of feelings, emotions, instinctual ups/ downs/ lefts/ rights of a free-flowing brush. Every stroke is a release for the painter.
The entire creative process of all creatives is based on vision, feel, and instincts. What if you approached your own "hyper-serious" life like that? What if you followed your BLISS like the late Joseph Cambell said?
You would probably end up falling into your career, path, and "why"... because you are doing what you love. You have been drawn to your passion.
When you let yourself express freely, explore freely in an uninhibited way-you then can reach a state of flow... and that is where the magic happens.
I think about every business person I have ever spoken with that has achieved massive success. I ask them one question: "How did you do it?"... do you know that most of them can not recount the exact steps of how they did it?
I finally figured out why are few years ago. They were following their passion.. they were flowing.. they were following their gut, instincts, and they were being "pulled" towards their end result. How could you possibly recount all of those emotions? So they always tell the abridged version of focus, hard-work, discipline...
As an up and coming businessman in my early 20s.. I was always looking for a book that told you step by step how to "do it"... I would always stumble upon books with ideas.. but never the full "how-to"... and for years I wondered why.
The "Why" is that there is no clear path. Everybodies path is different.
Some people succeed in pop art like Andy Warhol and others in tech, like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. You must find what will make you happy and give you "bliss"... and when you do, you will become "super-charged" with passion and become unstoppable.
You will not feel forced, you will feel driven. You will not have to push yourself to do something you dislike but will be pushed and navigated towards your bliss.
The only way we can get to this point is by taking action on the the things we love and "taking a shot" at it.
Stevie Ray Vaughan gave the guitar a shot... and then became one of the best ever because that was his bliss.
Most great musicians were not great at business.. but by becoming extremely talented and passionate about sharing their work... they can evolve into an icon.
You can do the same... quiet the noise, think simply, and remember the answers to what you should do with your life are located in one place- and one place only... within you.
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