The other day someone asked me if one of my books was available as PDF. He wanted to read it on his tablet. I realized I didn’t offer it as PDF. Stupid me!
He told me he’s currently on a sabbatical, traveling the world and thinking about what he could do next in life.
He said he was trying to think about what work he could do so that when he wakes up every single morning he would feel energized.
He was trying to figure out what would make him smile every single morning.
But he couldn’t figure it out. There are just way too many things going through his head. Too many things to think about. To worry about. And not enough time. There’s never enough time…
Look. I think that’s a problem many people have. A problem that I had myself for a long time, too. And I strongly believe that the only way to solve this riddle, to solve your riddle is to stop thinking.
Constantly thinking about things won’t do anything. You will never find a solution just by thinking about it. Especially when it comes to something complex like finding your passion. Finding your calling. Or finding something you might enjoy doing.
Something that makes you smile when you get up every single morning.
The simple truth is this…
You don’t know what you enjoy doing, what your calling or your passion is, simply because you stopped trying. You stopped experimenting. You stopped searching. And most importantly you stopped doing.
Some time in our early twenties or maybe even earlier we stop experimenting. Because everybody tells us we need to know what we want to do with our lives. You have to be something. Or someone.
But the truth is that no one is able to know what to do for their rest of their lives at that age. At any age.
Now in my thirties, I start to realize that you will never really know what you’d want to do for the rest of your life. Simply because the rest of your life is a hell lot of time. And you know what? That’s totally fine.
What’s not so fine though is the fact that we were and are being pushed into a system, into a way of thinking that kills pretty much everything that defines most of us. It kills the explorer. The hunter. The gatherer.
A system that wants us to choose what we want to do for the rest of our lives. When our lives have barely even started yet. It’s just impossible.
So instead of continuing to explore we settle. We settle for the things society and people expect from us. So some of us, not necessarily all of us get stuck somewhere along the way.
And some of us just don’t know what they’d love to do so they’d be able wake up in the morning with a smile on their faces. Some of us need more time to explore. Not more time to think. But more time to do.
And I think that’s the only way out. You need to give yourself some time. Some time to try out things. To test new things. To figure out what you enjoy doing. And getting away from all the thinking.
Too much thinking never solves anything. Only doing does.
You can think about things for years and years and years. But if you never do anything, then you’ll still be stuck at the exact same spot you’ve already been many years ago.
And contrary to what’s out there, I don’t think quitting your job totally out of the blue is such a good idea.
I think keeping your job for as long as you can (as long as you still have it) is the way to go. To be able to sleep comfortable while you’re trying to figure yourself out.
While you’re trying to figure out what makes you smile every single morning when you get out of bed. While you try to maybe build a business on the side. Or whatever.
Long story short. Here’s what this guy asked me…
He asked me whether there was a PDF of my book “40 Alternatives to Quitting Your Job.” And I realized there wasn’t. It’s only available on Amazon.
And because this is probably one of the most important books I’ve ever written, I decided to make it available for everyone. For everyone who feels stuck. For everyone who feels like there’s more to life than this. For everyone who craves change. Or for everyone who just wants to have a look.
And because I feel it’s an important read for pretty much everyone out there, I offer it for pay-as-much-as-you-want for the next 24 hours.
Feel free to chip in what you think is appropriate. In the past when I did these kinds of offerings, some people chipped in $15. Some chipped in $10. Some people less. It’s totally up to you…
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]