“What are you doing with your life? “
This is the question I get asked the most by friends, family members and the occasional tinder date. And it’s something really hard for me to answer. The reason is because I am a very passionate person about most everything. There is literally few things in life that don’t excite me and make me wonder more about it. I love knowing more about the world the universe and even the small intricate nuances of life. Which basically it has messed me up when it comes to choosing a real job or career path. I guess I am what Leonardo Da Vinci was in his early years. A curious individual with an infinite hunger for knowledge.
What he did at that time was amazing and beneficial for his time and era. However in today’s world if you want to stay competitive you have to focus in one particular area. Giving the many people in the world and the new computer revolution. Jobs are being outsourced to different countries and even replaced by computers altogether. It’s hard to be like Leonardo once was.
To fully understand this we must look at the numbers. When Leonardo Da Vinci was born, April 15, 1452, in Anchianoin, the world population was between 350 and 400 million people. Today’s population is 7.5 Billion people. Plus people back then didn’t have the technology we have today. We are for the most part much more connected. This means if you want to succeed in today’s market, you have to specialise on something, and although you can still be a polymath (a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning) It will be much harder to compete.
I really don’t know many people now that can do so much things and still manage to become world-class at something. One person that comes to mind is Schwarzenegger, who is an Austrian-American actor, producer, businessperson, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, and former professional bodybuilder and a politician. But if you really look at it, Arnold started completely absorbed by bodybuilding till he become the best in the world. It was only till then that he started expanding into different categories.
Basically what I want to say is that in order to be truly successful you need to really focus in one area of life.Become good and then expand to something else if you would like that. You don’t necessarily need to think that once you choose a career or a path you are forever stuck in it. And I know this seems pretty obvious but for some people like me is not. You just have to accept the fact that time is limited and you will have to sacrifice a lot of things.
There are millions of things you can do in life. That is the beauty of it, but if you don’t choose a few things you run the risk of paralyzing yourself where you are just unsure of taking the next step
You will be surprise by the amount of people who have this problem. I will say that out of 10 people 8 don’t really know what they truly want to do with their lives.
I would argue that this is a good thing because it shows how the brain loves to never settle. The brain craves new ideas and new challenges, but at times we have to rail it in and just push ourselves to be one of the best in our areas. Because if we don’t, we might find ourselves getting replaced by other people who maybe are not that good compare to us, but still they were just a little tiny better.
I have debated this for a while now, and this are the 3 main ideas I took out of the experience.
1. Was that I am really blessed for my curiosity and my sense of wonder. I know if I had been born doing one thing I might have been more successful at it but I also know that maybe I wouldn’t be as curious and playful as I am.
This comes down just to being grateful for the brain I was giving and never shying away from that.
2. Another thing I learned is that you have to sacrifice certain passions and time in order to dive deeper into something you are passionate. And although you want to be able to do as many things as Da Vinci did, you also don’t want to be a tumbleweed blown by the wind. You want to develop deep roots that will withstand opposition and also make you more interesting as a person.
3. And lastly you need to be aware of time and that at the end of it all you will die and all the things you thought were important suddenly don’t look as important. Time will define everything and how you utilize it is the difference between a successful person and someone who is not.
If you take something out of this is that although you can be many things and be good at, the fact of the manner is that time is limited and if you want to be the best at something you must commit a lot of your time to that something you are passionate about and that will mean having to sacrifice other things you love as well.