... is to do what you hate.
It's easy to lose perspective on this.
When all you see all day long are people who seem to be living the dream.
People who seem to go on nicer vacations than you.
People who seem to have a better job than you.
People who seem to have nicer things than you.
People who seem more successful than you.
People who are living the dream doing what they love.
Even though you know (or think) you’re smarter than them.
Better than them. Or more talented than them…
And maybe you’re right. Maybe you really are...
But the truth is that you need to prove it first.
And if you can't prove it, it probably means that you aren't as great as you think you are…
You've gotta prove it first. And if you don't want to prove it to, you should at least prove it to yourself.
Or else it doesn't really mean anything…
And the whole thing gets even more amplified by so called influencers, gurus and Instagram celebrities that are trying to sell you the dream.
The folks who are in the business of selling dreams. People who make a living selling dreams. Sometimes I'm also in the business of selling dreams.
Whatever the dream of the day is at the moment.
Just pick up that menu, take a look at what's on offer and I'm sure you'll also be able to find your dream on that menu.
Pick your dream of the day. It's all on the menu. It's all yours!
The overnight dream…
That successful entrepreneur? It's all yours!
That successful writer? It's all yours!
That successful artist? It's all yours!
That awesome career? It's all yours!
That billion dollars? Its all yours!
Just go through that menu and order it. And you'll get it delivered to your inbox in less than 24 hours…
But the truth is that nothing works overnight. Nothing…
Want to be a famous writer?
A successful entrepreneur?
A famous singer?
Just go and sing in front of the shittiest crowd on the planet for a couple of years.
Take every gig you can possibly get your hands on.
Don't wait for that one magic show that will make you famous overnight.
Don't wait for people to magically find out about you.
Don't wait for that record label to call you.
Because they won’t...
The same applies to authors, entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers and pretty much everything else out there.
If you're not willing to get your hands dirty for a couple of years, it's probably not going to work out.
If you're not willing to write every single day for the next ten years, it's probably not going to work out.
If you're not willing to paint every single day for the next god knows how many years, it’s probably not going to work out.
You've gotta put yourself out there. Over and over again.
But not only this…
You also need to master hundreds of micro skills.
The things you’re most likely going to hate. I hated them. All of them. And I still do. I really do...
But I had to learn it the hard way that it doesn't really make any difference how good you are at what you do if you don't master all these micro skills. And they're getting more and more important every single day.
I’ve repeatedly talked about them in the past. You can read about them here.
Here’s the thing…
If you're not willing to write for an audience of one, you don't deserve to write for an audience of one million.
If you're not willing to play in front of a shitty audience, then you don't deserve to sing in front of a great audience.
Well, maybe you deserve it. Maybe you really do...
But the problem is that it won't happen just like that.
If you don't put in the work, you'll never get better at what you do.
And if you don’t get better at what you do, then nothing ever is going to happen.
No one will magically find out about you.
No one will pickup that phone and call you.
No one will read your stuff.
Or buy your stuff.
And the only way to get better at what you is to do it over and over again.
To experiment. To see what works and what doesn't. To figure out why it doesn't work when it doesn't work. To adjust. And to learn from your mistakes. Over and over again.
Because that's the only way to get better at what you do.
Quantity leads to quality...
But why do you even have to become better at what you do?
You don't have to.
But if you want to do what you love for a living you have to get better at what you do.
As a matter of fact you've gotta become one of the best out there... and don't forget about all these micro skills.
It's pretty simple...
We live in a time where everybody is competing with everybody.
Where everybody is essentially competing with the best of the best in their field. At any given time...
Because everybody out there has basically free access to the best of the best out there with the click of just a few buttons.
So the best of the best are your competitors.
And if you want to be able to do what you love for a living, then you'll be competing with the best of the best out there.
So you’ve gotta get better at what you do. A lot better. One of the best out there as a matter of fact.
Or else you won't be able to do what you love.
At least not for a living.
Like it or not, but that’s the secret to doing what you love without having to starve…