Ever ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up?
For all the ones that jump from the zoo keeper, to astronaut, to pilot, you’ve got the few that have only one goal. They’re the ones that always want to be a vet, doctor, teacher, or whatever.
Fast forward fifteen, twenty years, and you find those people are either studying or working in those positions.
The rest, like me, have probably floated through life like a bee sampling a little bit of this, then a little bit of that, and still aren’t sure they should be doing what they’re doing.
Even right now as I’m writing this, I’m wondering if this whole blogging, product creation thing I’m doing, is still the right path for me. – And it’s probably the reason for my progress so far in life.
I blame the Internet for this. – And me.
In any moment, I could go from learning how to build a platform on YouTube, to build an e-commerce site, to writing fiction for Wattpad/Amazon Kindle or a hundred other things. And I think it’s this huge choice of options that affects a lot of our success.
When you can change your mind on a whim and aren’t tied down to anything, you can not only run in a new direction every day, but every five minutes. And if you’ve got the ‘Squirrel! Squirrel!’ brain that I have, you’re always looking for the next shiniest object to feed that urge.
But the problem with that is that it’s like eating an litre of ice cream to cheer yourself up when you know it’s not going to do you any good, and then you look back at what you walked away from and curse yourself for not sticking the course on your last project.
The Internet is littered with articles, blog posts, and phantom websites I built that I never stuck with. And while I can look at all of those as stepping stones to where I am now, I often wonder if I stuck to those sites and online business a little longer would I be further on than I am now?
Maybe you’re the same?
You’re jumping from genre to genre, your hard drive is filled with articles and blog posts that are half written, maybe the odd training/coaching course that you never finished.
But sometimes you reach a point where you’ve got to draw the line in the sand.
Me, I’ve drawn a circle around me that I can’t walk beyond.
- So, no to that fiction series I’ve been longing to write.
- No to that e-commerce store that’s too tempting to begin.
- And no to the distraction of social media platforms and just concentrate on creating content for this site.
Although a part of me, looks longingly at those ‘might have beens’ and wonder at the success I could I have with any of them, I’m now looking at the small circle I’m standing in.
The Internet has some amazing opportunities out there for all of us, but when you’re like a child let loose in a toy store with a gold credit card, all of that choice can be your downfall.
So, whatever you’re doing today, stick with it until you get success with it. Once you do, and only then, are you allowed to widen that circle to include something else. And on and on it goes.
Oh, and if you do see me doing one of those things I said I’d like to do, please point me back to this blog post. – Thanks.