When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
It’s amazing how much innovation happens after people just throw up their hands, give up and stop believing in whatever it was they had spent their whole lives believing in up to that moment. I know it was like that for me. The biggest accomplishments in my life came right after I gave up on old ideas I may have believed in all of my life, but I just couldn’t see how they’d get me any farther.
Why is it that innovators seem to make the most progress when they give up an old idea? Because innovators have to constantly see things with new eyes and nothing clears new eyes than clearing out old ideas.
You may have spent your whole career thinking you were going to be in a certain role. You may have spent your whole life thinking you were going to be in a certain role. Maybe at some point, you just start feeling you’re beating your head against a brick wall because that role no longer satisfies you or brings you happiness.
Here’s a daring idea. Give it all up. Not some of it, but all of it.
"But I’ve spent so much time building this - if I start something new, I’ll have to start at the very beginning. I have to stay on this path because it’s the path I chose long ago."
Then ask yourself this: what do you want achieve with your work? Which role will eventually allow you to do that best? Whatever role allows you to do that best is the role you need to be in. So whatever you have to do to be in that role, do it. Even if it means quitting a good-paying job or going back to school at night or leaving a stable situation. If you know the right role, throw up your hands, give up what you’re doing now and stop believing in everything as much as you can.
Then watch as your world transforms into something daring, unpredictable and exciting.
Good thoughts, thanks.