You ever notice that when you're really working hard and hustling, good things start to happen to you? Opportunities come out of nowhere, you reconnect with people that can help you, and things fall into your lap?
Well, I don't think it actually works like that.
Opportunities are always happening. But when you're focused and going hard at it, you're tuned to capitalizing on and seizing opportunities.
The worldwide GDP is 70 trillion dollars. 192 billion dollars changes hands each day. These are inconceivably large numbers.
The opportunities are always there. Working hard makes you tune in to them, and capitalize on them.
For the past four weeks I've felt like I've finally been hustling closer than ever before to the level I've always known I'm capable of. I've been noticing these opportunities left and right, doing my best to take advantage of them, and seeing pretty nifty results. Thanks for giving me a new perspective for analyzing this, Sebastian. I hadn't thought about it this way.
In RPGs like Fallout you get bulk XP for completing quests and when you reach the level-up point you can decide for yourself whether to spend them on Small Arms, Energy Weapons, First Aid, Lockpicking, Science, etc.
If I remember correctly you can also level up a skill specifically by doing it a lot. So that's more like laser XP.
But anyway, Hard Work is like bulk XP. Do it and you get some kind of kosmic points from the universe that you get to spend as you choose.
Short message today from Beijing Airport, en route to the China/Mongolia border.
Study people that have been successful in the way you want to. Figure out what they did.
Modernize their ideas to the present day. This isn't hard, there's tons of underoptimized stuff everywhere.
Draw up something like a plan.
Okay, now - you've got to stick religiously to that plan, even when things suck. If you've drawn up your plan halfway intelligently, it probably includes a lot of serving others, a lot of working hard, and a lot of striving to improve.
Fundamentally, I think life is about taking action. It's about drawing information from your surroundings, formulating that into a decision, and then finally acting on that decision. People who are successful and happy tend to be those who take a lot of action.
My beef with video games, TV, movies, and other sorts of passive entertainment isn't that there's NO value in them, or that they're fundamentally evil things. It's that they promote NOT taking action. When I see someone whose life is made up mostly of going to a mindless job and then coming home and indulging in passive entertainment, I think of their life as being on pause. Days spent that way just don't count.
A lot of what I think about is what makes people take action and what makes people abstain from taking action. I think about times that I've taken action, and times that I haven't, I think about others around me and their relationship with taking action, and I think about how we can all take action more frequently.