The Definition of Insanity: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein.
Matt and I have been appreciating this quote due to it’s boldness in expressing just how detrimental mediocre thinking can be.
In college I spent a lot of time considering how my future could turn out. I had a few options
- Go to school, get a degree, get a job and spend the next 40+ years working to make someone else rich.
- Add to my skills as much as possible and build a business doing the things I love. (This also gives me one of the things I love, control. Control over my situation, my income, my future. You name it.)
What this all comes down to is my what I want out of life. There are probably a good number of people who DON’T want to run their own business, they DON’T want the risk involved and they DON’T want to learn multiple aspects of business in order to succeed.
I’m not one of these people. I thrive on challenges and I relish the learning process when it comes to things that matter to me. I’m a problem-solver at heart and I’m willing to work hard to improve the skills that I’m lacking.
I’ve worked too hard before only to realize that my hard work pays off ten-fold for my boss. I’ve grown tired of watching dollars pass by while I struggle to live the life I dream of.
To that end I began to study successful people. I wanted to know what it was that made them successful, I wanted to know what skills they possessed, what attitudes they relied on and what markets they concentrated on.
I recognized a lot of patterns in skills, methods and attitudes that ultimately lead me down a path less traveled. I tracked what I was seeing and began to spend my time building myself to be the person I want to be.