You can’t reach the age of forty without life teaching you a thing or two. And I’m not talking about “back when I was your age” kind of talk. Although kids, back when I WAS your age, we had it a lot harder than you do. We actually had to talk on a phone that was connected to the wall! Crazy, I know.
Life has taught me many lessons but these are three I want you to know about today.
1. DO WHAT YOU LOVE! This may come in the form of a hobby, a job, or simply part of your daily life – but discover those things that you LOVE to do and DO them. Don’t wait, but make it a priority. In my life, I have met so many people who love to do a wide variety of things but the common denominator for all of them is that it makes them come alive. In my book, The World Needs Your Hustle, I talk in chapter two about Sarah Harmeyer and Rachel Mayo and how they are each doing what they love and it clearly makes them feel alive! Whether I am hiking or writing or spending time with those closest to me, I make sure that those things are a part of my life. Will it happen every second of the day? Will it always result in being your job? No, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate it into your life in some way.
2. OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES! We all have setbacks, frustrations, and obstacles that happen. How we respond to it, is what makes the difference. You can’t always eliminate the obstacle, but you CAN overcome it. This may require some hard choices on your part, it may require patience (of which I normally have none), or it might require – stop whining, get off your butt, and do something! But for every obstacle in my life I have had to make the decision to do something about it. Sure, some are still there but I choose to not let it define how I live my life.
3. OWN YOUR LIFE & MAKE IT HAPPEN! One of the biggest things I have learned in the past forty years is that the life we want is possible, but it’s up to us to make it happen. No one else is going to do it for us. They may help and play a part, but the work will need to come from you. You have to take responsibility for your own life and not blame others for whether or not your life is where you want it to be. I have done both and when I blame others, I get nowhere. But when I take responsibility and own it, that’s when changes have happened, progress was made, and opportunities opened up.
I hope this gives you some encouragement as you navigate your way through life. We all learn as we go and it’s good to share our successes and mistakes with others. Do you incorporate these into your life already? Do you struggle with any of these? Have questions or ideas? You can reply to this email – I would love to hear from you!