“Oh great, another tricky, dicky headline from that knob jock blogger Tim.”
That’s what you’re thinking, I know.
Well, I love sharing the truth and a lot of the time it doesn’t look pretty. There’s a vision we all have to do something incredible even if we don’t admit that publicly. Incredible, by the way, could just mean raising a family of beautiful children.
The thing is that not having the answers to what that end goal looks like is the best part. Let me explain.
Right now what you see is my blogging career. Before today there were 50 other things that look totally unrelated on the surface.
Here’s how I got to now:
- Started out swimming as a child then quit
- Played the flute and then quit
- Joined a choir, then my voice broke, then I quit
- Began playing drums then quit
- Became a DJ then quit
- Started producing other peoples music then quit
- Became a successful entrepreneur then quit
- Trained to be a fitness freak and then quit
- Became a finance professional then quit
- Mastered the world of tech and then partially quit
- Wrote 400+ articles for a blog called Addicted2Success and didn’t quit
- Published more than 500+ articles on Medium and didn’t quit
- Published content on LinkedIn every day for a year and didn’t quit
Here’s my point: those last three dot points are what you see now but what you can’t see is everything that came before I started blogging.
Everything you do plays a part in the end result.
While singing in a choir might seem totally unrelated to blogging it’s not. Just like djing and swimming are not unrelated either.
Swimming taught me to overcome my fear of deep water.
Being in a choir taught me what it was like to be on stage in front of people.
Djing taught me artistry and creativity.
The 50 things I did prior that you didn’t see allowed me to do what you see me doing now in the form of blogging.
No matter what you start and stop in life, it will play a part in the 1–2 things that you end up being successful at and hopefully become known for.
“Don’t discredit anything that transpires in your life. Every day is contributing something valuable to your future success even if it doesn’t look like it”
Not having the answers is what makes it fun.
If I could tell you right now how you’d get to your ultimate success, it would take away all the fun.
Never in a million years did I expect to become a blogger but here we are.
Getting here has been a load of fun and I still have no idea where this will all lead. Maybe, like Tim Ferriss, blogging could lead me to podcasting. I’ll never know if blogging is my ultimate version of success and that’s the best part.
All of us (including me) are just taking steps forward and learning as we go.
Quit trying to have all the answers because it’s not going to make any difference in the long run.
You can’t predict success all you can do is work your way towards it and earn it for yourself.
Don’t underestimate the ‘art of doing’
I’m obsessed with the doing because it’s the only thing I can control.
I’m reminded daily about the ‘art of doing’ by people who reach out and want to also be known for blogging.
Many of these wannabe bloggers write something but never publish it because it’s not perfect.
Then they finally get the courage to hit publish and the world doesn’t stop and notice their Harry Potter, chart-topping piece of writing. It’s an anti-climax for them which makes them spiral further down the black hole of disappointment.
What these wannabe bloggers underestimate (without sounding too cocky) is that if they repeated the habit of publishing something every day for a year that’d be able to see where blogging could lead.
Hitting publish once is not enough and the first time you do it, it will probably suck.
The only trick for the record that I’ve ever used to accelerate my success in blogging is hitting publish as often as I can and being disconnected from the result. JonWestenberg taught me this.
Even if you fail at something like blogging it will lead you to the next thing and the next thing and so on. Eventually, you’ll find what it is that lights you up and helps you to achieve your own version of success.
Nobody (including me) can predict what that one thing will be. My advice is the opposite of many people out there. Change around your hobbies/passions as much as you like.
Learn something from one field and then move on. While you experiment and switch paths, you’ll eventually find what you’re looking for. I hope you can see that to be true through the story I’ve just shared.
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