The importance of pursuing one's passion
I remember the day I decided to quit my job and pursue my passion for writing. It was a cold, rainy day, and I was sitting in my cubicle, staring at the endless pile of paperwork on my desk. I felt trapped, suffocated by the monotony of my daily routine. I knew I was meant for something more, something that would ignite the fire within me and make me feel alive.
That's when I realized that I needed to be "the only." I needed to carve out my own path, to create a life that was uniquely mine. So, I took a leap of faith and dove headfirst into the world of writing. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I was determined to make it work.
In the beginning, I faced countless rejections and setbacks. But with each failure, I learned something new, something valuable that would help me grow and improve. I embraced the struggle, knowing that it was all part of the journey to becoming "the only."
And now, years later, I can confidently say that it was the best decision I ever made. I've built a career doing what I love, and I've had the opportunity to connect with incredible people from all walks of life. I've learned that being "the only" isn't about being the best or the most successful; it's about being true to yourself and following your own unique path.
So, if you're feeling stuck or unfulfilled, I encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself: What can I do to be "the only"? What can I do to create a life that is truly my own? The answer may surprise you, and it just might change your life.The importance of pursuing one's passion
1. Write down your 10 passions
I'm not talking about the things you like to do. I'm talking about the things that make you feel truly alive. For example, for me: writing, comedy, chess, making deals, helping people, etc. Put down at least ten of them.
2. Cross off three
Now cross off three of them. Why did you cross them off? Because now you have to be good at one of them. If you are good at all three then you can probably get a job doing one of them and never have to struggle again. But if you are only good at one then it's going to be hard work and struggle no matter what career path you choose so we need to find something more interesting than "safe".
3. What is YOUR special talent?
When I say "one" I mean "one" for YOU specifically. Not everyone can be a great writer or comedian or whatever but there has to be some area where you feel like a prodigy in some way and there is nobody better than you in the world (or at least your town). Maybe it's writing or drawing or playing chess or telling stories or sales or standup comedy or being an expert on something weird like sea cucumbers (I actually know someone who is THE ONLY sea cucumber expert in the world). Or maybe it's being funny on Twitter (like @jamesaltucher) or making memes (like @meagsout), etc. Whatever it is for yourself, that's what YOU have to be "the only" in the world at doing. It doesn't have to be grandiose but this will give you your first step towards being "the only".
4. Now start doing...
Whatever your passion is, start doing it now! Don't wait until tomorrow because there are no guarantees in life and tomorrow may never come. Do it now! And every day take small steps forward in improving yourself and getting better at what makes you unique and passionate about life. This will require effort and energy but if done consistently then over time these small steps will lead to big leaps forward as long as they are backed up by honest effort and energy put into each step along the way.
5. Make little bets that build up
For me, when I was starting out as a writer I would write short stories every week and send them out to magazines hoping they would publish them (this was before blogs existed). Sometimes they would publish my stories but most of the time they wouldn't so I had many rejections along the way but eventually my persistence paid off and I started getting published regularly in major magazines such as Playboy, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal , etc.. Another example: when i started writing financial articles online I had zero readers until one day when an article went viral on Yahoo Finance . All of a sudden thousands of people were reading my stuff every day so I decided to start charging companies for speeches instead of giving away free speeches all the time (which was how most financial speakers made their money back then). Within six months I was making more money from speeches than my regular job so I quit my job and became a full-time speaker which allowed me more freedom to pursue other interests such as writing books , etc.. In chess today , whenever i play against someone new , i always try to figure out some opening variation that nobody has ever played before . Then if i win with that move , i post it on my website so other players can use that same variation against other opponents . So even though i am not winning very much right now , hopefully over time this little bet will pay off big time .
6. Be open-minded about opportunities around you
When people ask me how do they get opportunities