I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
‘What do you want out of life?’
I’m actually asked this question quite frequently. Especially in the past four months.
Genuinely, I want adventure. I want to be able to stop and think ‘I can’t believe this is my life’. I want to do things that I never ever thought I could do. I want to go everywhere, see everything and meet everyone. I want to try foods that gross me out and scare the crap out of me.
I want to get on a plane and not know where that plane is headed. I want to know that I always tried, that I always put forth the effort and that I never backed down from a challenge.
And most of all, I want each day to have a new and different sun.
Where do I see myself in five years? Where do I see myself in ten years? Happily travelling the world, sharing stories of people and culture, places and faces, showcasing the unknown, the overlooked and the forgotten about. And, most of all, hopefully instilling a whole lot of wanderlust in everyone that I meet.
I hope that you’ll join me for the ride. And perhaps a cheap flight or two hundred along the way.
Working on the story of my latest adventure right now.
The older that I get, the more I realize the importance of cultivating your circle, and of only letting certain people in. You can be open, honest and transparent with the world and still believe that not everyone deserves a seat at the table that is your life.
Wake up early. Whether it’s Michelle Obama, Oprah, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, or whoever you want to look up, each and every one of them seems to share one thing in common – they like to start their days while the rest of us are still sound asleep. Perhaps all of that extra time and productivity is something we should all consider.
Take full responsibility for your life. Even though you can’t always control what happens to you, you can always control how you respond to those events. Choosing to respond in a positive way will lead you down a more positive path for your future.
Be continuously learning. Successful people are all aware that in order to maintain their success they must continue to learn and grow with the world around them. Many successful people, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, all speak of reading every day as a means of continuous learning. And why not? Reading is one of the easiest ways to learn.
Know your priorities. Furthermore, do the most important tasks first. If you always know what your priorities are, you’re never going to waste time questioning what comes next. It’s also better to be effective on the right task than efficient with a smaller, less meaningful task.
Make health and exercise two of your priorities. Research has suggested that a healthy diet and exercising every day can lead to higher levels of productivity and less time felt being sluggish and lagged down by your environment.
Have discipline and self-control. Successful people know what they want in life and they’re not going to get distracted along the way by a fear of missing out on what could be happening around them.
Leave your ego behind. Successful people check their ego at the door to ensure that the success of their goals is achieved over any pride that might occur in discussion. What they desire is far more important than their pride.
Embrace failure. Successful people take their failures and learn from them. They don’t make the same mistakes once because they turn their failures into growth.
Show up. Even when you don’t want to, show up. Successful people will show up, they will woo, they will talk and take names and network and will always take the opportunity for the experience.
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. To be successful you must be far more focused on yourself then on anyone else in this world. If you truly want something. If you truly dream of an empire, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. What you’re building isn’t what they’ve built or what they’ve done. Go your own way, be your own person and don’t compare yourself to anyone.