Dreams are manifested into reality in two words: Taking Action.
The person who you are today is whole. The person who you are today has a strong vision for herself. The person who you are today learns not in theory but in reality which is The Process. The person who you are today is growing for her own self.
Life is not simply full of learning materials but rather full of learning experiences if you have the guts to take action. The reason you may have been consuming so much self-help information by watching YouTube video after YouTube video. Scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter looking at motivational quote after motivational quote. Reading through new information after new information is simply because you’re interested in becoming a better version of yourself and there’s nothing fundamentally wrong about wanting to achieve a life filled with excellence. There’s nothing wrong with buying self-help books or enrolling in online courses from motivational gurus. I’m just saying that there needs to be a limit to the time you spend learning new content after new content.
Self-help is good, there’s no doubt about that but always keep in mind that consuming self-help without taking the right action is simply mental masturbation.
I think there may be people out there who are thinking that knowledge is power, but I have an unpopular opinion which is this: Applied knowledge is power.
The more you take action, the more it gets natural. Your passion simply becomes your passion. It becomes gorgeous and fun. Sometimes action will feel like work, and that’s okay. Welcome to the human experience. The resistance you feel to get out of bed, answer an important email, or make some calls is natural and simply okay because it gives you the opportunity to beat that resistance that will make the courage that’s already inside you bloom.
You’re a flower, and too much rain will kill you. So take care of your mental health by being mindful of the amounts of information you feed your brain on a daily basis by creating a healthy balance between taking information and taking action, and that takes perseverance.
You just need a few books, a few videos, and a few words of wisdom to truly grow as you walk through the fields of massive actions and the sun, the birds, and the clouds will be beautiful there. So start.
Start with the wisdom that you already have within you. Take knowledge in 10-30% percent of your day and then apply it 70-90% of your day. Then get the results. Then see what actions make those results consistent. And if you’re kind enough, brave enough and human enough—share those results with the world.
This is for the multipotentialites. This is for the people who have many different interests and creative pursuits in life. This is for the people who are in the gutters staring at the stars and have more than one calling in life. This is for the explorers who are driven by their hyperactive curiosity to thrive in so many areas in life.
Since our childhood years to our preadolescent years, we’ve been asked the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Some people want to become scientists. Some people want to become artists. Some people want to become doctors. Some people want to become teachers. Some people want to become bankers. And some people want to become everything.
What do I want to be when I grow up? The question keeps you up at night. There are so many things that you want to excel at. You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not being able to pick just one thing. There’s too much anxiety. There’s too much at stake. You feel like you’re sabotaging your future because you don’t know what to major at. Everything is so scattered that you may begin to think that you’re afraid of commitments. So you feel alone and purposeless to the point where you start to feel so depressed.
There’s a cycle when you start to feel like you know what you want to do when you become all consumed by a certain craft, and then you become bored. And then you move on to another thing even though you devoted so much to that certain craft. It’s exhausting. It’s confusing. And most of all—it’s this feeling of being a person that is lost.
But here’s the comforting truth: You don’t have to pick one thing and deny all of your passions. No matter what anyone tells you having numerous interests is a gift and not a curse. There’s nothing abnormal in doing many things.
You contain the power of formlessness.
Think not what you could be and think all that you could be. You hold multitudes inside you. Instead of asking yourself: What do I want to be when I grow up? Ask yourself: Who do I want to be when I grow up? And you have the strength to choose to become a happy person.
You can be a teacher turned to a ballerina and stopping the dance to become an entrepreneur. Yes, there are people like this, and you are not alone. Your multipotentiality is not a limitation at all. It’s not something that you have to overcome. In fact, you have your own unique abilities.
You are a natural innovator.
Creating something new in the middle of different fields. Like becoming a teacher who knows about literature and medicine at the same time. Like becoming a website designer for your own online cooking lessons. Like becoming an author of books about managing business and anxiety.
You are a quick learner.
You’re less afraid of trying new things. You’re one of those people who constantly step out of their comfort zones. Everything you learn is connected to everything you want to do in life that gains you experience. You literally don’t start from scratch every time you pursue a new discipline.
You are adaptable.
It is by far the most useful trait in this ever-changing world that needs you now more than ever. So don’t narrow your focus. Instead, embrace yourself. Embrace your many passions. Embrace this amazing superpower that you’ve been gifted with, and it will lead to a much happier existence.
One day nothing will make sense, and you will be okay.
There will be art that you haven’t expressed to the world. And there will be someone that you loved who’s now living their happily ever after with someone else because somewhere down the line you disappointed that person and all you could do now is to hope that they’re happy and that they find everything that they’re looking for.
There will be loneliness in your heart and some madness in your mind. And there will be places you wish you’ve been to when you still had your youth, but you were so busy saving up for some stuff that you thought would fill your void. And all you’re left now are some things that don’t carry memories—only sorrow for caring too much about what other people thought of you back then.
There will be a lot of things you’ve started but never dared to finish for the fear of failure and you’ll be shaking your head on why you had to worry so much like you had something to lose. And there will be lots of too late wishes like you could’ve been happier if you took more risks, if you were just more grateful with what you had back then, if you were just more playful with your gifts—you could’ve been living your dream instead of supporting someone else’s dream.
If you’re reading this and you’re still young, you’ve got to fight for your existence. There will come a time when your life will flashback right before your very eyes. And I hope that you make good and meaningful decisions because at the end of the day it all boils down to your decisions for they are the little things that make you who you are and you are beautiful. Don’t let the concept of forever and having just one more chance stop you from becoming the person you want to be. Because there’s no forever and you only have one chance to play it all out until it becomes memory.
A lot of good things happen between sadness and kindness.
We do not remember the days we hurt,
We remember the moments we heal.
We do not remember days of despair,
We remember moments of hope.
We do not remember days of sorrow,
We remember moments of love.