Career and purpose#life lessons / updated may 24th, 2020
“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – C. G. Jung
”Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
”You can do anything, but not everything.”
“If you want to be best at something, you have to say no to a lot of things.” – Seth Godin
Defining your game is really important. You can’t focus on everything.
If there really is no reason to do anything, then there is also no reason to not do anything.
You can’t find something if you don’t know what you are looking for.
We are so wedded to what we do to ”make a living” that we perpetuate, without thinking, this confusion of doing with being. Who you are is far greater than what you do for money, and your true work is far greater than your paid employment.
“You can fail at what you don’t love, so you might as well do what you love.” — Jim Carrey
What determines your success isn’t ”what do you want to enjoy?” the relevant question is, ”what pain do you want to sustain?”. the path to happiness is a path full of shitheaps and shame.
Choose flexibility, control, and workplace culture over money.
Aim for being in control of how you spend your time, not how much money you make.
“If you don’t feel like an imposter, you’re not working hard enough.” – Seth Godin
”Look for the job you’d take if you didn’t need a job.” – Warren Buffett
”You weren’t born to just pay bills and die.”
”The work you do procrastinating is probably the work you should do for the rest of your life.”
”Reframe your thinking ‘what your career can do for you’ into ‘what can your career do for others.’”
You don’t have to know what you want to do forever, just here in the moment. You can always take a different path later.
What do I do? Who do I do it for? And why do they need it?
You know you’ve found the right occupation when you’re more alive at the end of your work day than at the start.
We make a dying at work so we can live it up on the weekend.
Ask yourself how you would spend your time if you could take a year off with pay.
Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.
To operate within an interdisciplinary environment, an individual needs to have strengths in two dimensions, e.g. architects who studied psychology, artists with MBAs, engineers with marketing experience.
Create value before asking something in return, e.g. when looking for a new job, or when asking for advice from someone.
Sometimes you just gotta make the decision and jump.
What’s the worst that could happen?
”If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” - Frank Wilczek
”Only those who sleep make no mistakes.” - Ingvar Kamprad
You learn from your mistakes, but only after you notice and admit them first.
Many people become so obsessed with being ”right” about their life that they never end up actually living it.
The more you embrace being uncertain and not knowing, the more comfortable you will feel in knowing what you don’t know.