Pick A Direction And Keep Walking

Standing inside the church to protect from being drenched in the rain

Standing inside the church to protect from being drenched in the rain, Panama City.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu

The common cause of failure in my life is the lack of direction. It isn’t that I am not doing. I am not lazing around at home, and doing nothing.

I am doing things.

The problem is that I’m doing too many different things, not sticking to one thing for a long enough time to see results, changing directions often, and then wondering why I am not a success. I keep on changing the game plan, as ERE says in this article here.

I am not consistently moving in one direction for a long period of time. That is something I have found to be the reason for my lack of success, despite the fact that I’m moving as fast as I can. I move from thing to thing. I decide one day that this one thing will be the thing that I will focus on – the thing that will cause me to gain financial freedom. The next day, I decide it will be something else. I moved from working at CBSA as a government employee, to getting my MBA, to working in Marketing, to travelling, to working in Marketing again.

All of that movement didn’t serve me well. I learned a lot about a lot of different fields. I met a lot of people. I learned a lot about myself. But because I didn’t stick to something consistently for a significant period of time, I didn’t gain success of any kind. I am mediocre at a lot of different things, but I am not a wild success at any of them.

Something that I am focusing on this year and in the years coming, is moving away from the jack-of-all-trades mentality.

I want to focus on a couple of things, but focus hard on them, like a laser giving them all of my attention.

One thing that I am thinking about all the time is financial independence. I am working on saving up as much money as possible, and using those savings to build passive income. In order to have savings, I am going to focus on staying with one company for a long time to make money, grow in that company, and improve myself.

Another thing I am going to focus on is my blog. I think that writing has been with me for so long as it is my primary passion. I want to stick with it and keep on writing for a long time. I want to build engagement on my blog, and grow readership through more subscribers.

I want to focus on these two things to the utmost of my ability. I want to get up in the morning thinking about these two items, and go to sleep at night dreaming about them. It is going to pervade my life, and my attitude. It will cause me to gain more success in these items, if I stick with them for a long time. And that is what I am going to do.

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6 thoughts on “Pick A Direction And Keep Walking

  1. I think we are somehow alike. I always have different things to do everyday. Everyday I want to go out and photograph, watch movie, read etc. But I never seem to complete them. I always procrastinate and this drag on for many weeks without really committing and completing any single of them. I do felt like jack-of-all trades. Though I can do a lot of things, I’m never a professional at any of them.Some of my friends have little knowledge about things but they’re always good in something ; music, writing, cooking, photography etc. I felt like I’m a little left out. At the age of 20 now I’m still searching for something to commit to. Something I’m willing to do forever. Something I will never get bored of. I want to be a professional at this something. But sadly, I’m still looking for it. But like what you said, “… focus on these two things to the utmost of my ability. I want to get up in the morning thinking about these two items, and go to sleep at night dreaming about them. ” I think I’m gonna start focusing on less things now. Focusing on what I like. And maybe commit to it for a week. Then I will see if I want to be a professional in that thing. 🙂 Sorry for writing such a long reply. I hope the best for you in your success. I hope we together can move away from the jack-of-all-trades mentality.

  2. I feel the same. I’m 31 now, and if I had stuck to one thing in college, I would be a professional something :). I finally decided at 29 to go back to school. I am doing Heritage and Museum studies (university) and only concentrating on that. It feels great to not let myself be distracted and only do one thing. When people ask about what I do, I just tell them ” I’m studying full time and I love what I do, it’s a passion” and that feels good, to know I will have a job in something I love because I chose one direction and stuck to it. I actually don’t miss doing 50 things at once, because it feels much more gratifying to do one thing and really be good at it, instead of many things and be average. I wish you success ! 🙂

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