There are two approaches to take in life. One, you can sit back and wait for it to happen. Or two, you can work really, really hard to make it happen.
The first approach doesn’t take much effort. It is all about sitting around and reacting to everything that comes your way. It is a frustrating way to live. In many ways, you are stuck. You might dream of doing great things or of being discovered. But unless you get extremely lucky, nothing ever happens.
The second approach requires patience and a lot of work. It requires that you have goals and figure out what you need to reach them. It requires that you put in every once of effort it takes to reach those goals, even if it means working late into the night and getting less sleep than you need. Sometimes it means working two or three jobs so you can raise the capital you need. For some it means spending hours, weeks and months sitting in front of a computer in order to write that book they’ve always dreamed of writing.
A long time ago, a dear friend of mine asked me to read a book called The Secret (amazon affiliate link). It was a good book about living a life filled with abundance. It was a good book; however what it really came down to was dreaming of what you wanted and then putting in the effort to make your dreams a reality. The problem with the book is that the second part of the formula is often overlooked. Everyone gets focused on the dreams and then they get frustrated when nothing happens. The dreams are the easy part.
I’ve been reading a great book called ProBlogger (amazon affiliate link). The authors of the book, Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett, use the first few chapters to talk about how they became successful bloggers. They chose to follow their passions and then put in a ton of time and effort to make their efforts a success.
We reach crossroads in our lives, points at which we must make decisions. You know when you are there. You can feel it in your bones. And it as at these crossroads where it is doubly important to choose which approach you will take – will you be an audience or an actor in the play?