The uncomfortable truth about life, success, and making lots of money is that there is no one guaranteed way to make it happen.
Some people seem to get lucky. Others invent something wildly marketable. A few just seem to grind along and accumulate over time.
One of the things that makes the entire discussion of success frustratingly chaotic is a common-sense awareness of “different place, different time”. In other words, just because someone else did it that way in the past and was successful doesn’t mean that you can follow the exact same steps and achieve the same results.
There are different variables at play now than there were then.
So what can you do?
Some experts you hear and the business books that you read suggest that you follow a series of steps. They suggest that you imitate. Replicate.
And in a way, that’s better than doing nothing at all. But merely copying what someone else has done is hardly the recipe for you to achieve your own goals. But maybe that’s the first step.
Despite the intellectual insignificance of “monkey see monkey do“, at least you are doing something. You are already in motion.
But once you’re in motion it’s best that you start thinking for yourself. Learn from everyone. Learn from books and experts. From idiots and stupid people. Learn from your own screw ups and shortcomings.
Learn and adapt.
Keep learning and keep changing your course until you are moving towards where you want to be going.
Most importantly, work harder then you feel it’s humanly possible. Keep putting in effort long after it’s comfortable or convenient. From everything that we know about success, in all it’s different shapes and sizes, relentless human effort is a part of each success story.
From sports heroes to Medal of Honor recipients to champions of charity and goodwill, each story centers around a person willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. Day after day after day after day.
So while it’s uncomfortable to not be sure if and how and when you might be successful, there is some comfort in knowing part of the solution. And in knowing that you have complete control over that part of the solution.
No one can stop you from learning and no one can stop you from relentlessly pushing through the obstacles in your way.
The only one who can make you stop is you.
If you’re comfortable with that, you’re already headed in the right direction.
Keep fighting on.