Let me preface this article by stating I totally respect the hustle Jack D (Jack Delosa, founder of The Entourage, BRW young rich list member) has undergone to achieve the business and financial success he has at his age. The man can certainly grind, and he has rightly earned his reputation as one of Australia’s best young businessmen.
But recently Jack put out an article titled ‘Focus and motivation: Two things I do to maintain them’ which I feel provides minimal tangible benefit to the target market of the piece – those wishing to do something meaningful with their life.
Sentences like “Find balance between your head and your heart”, “Create the life you want”, “… mastery of our path” and that age old question “Are you congruent and aligned with the work you do every day?” are thrown around – but to what avail? How can one take from these and quantify what they want to achieve in life? These high level concepts may resonate with the creative, artistic types, but for those who are more practical minded there is one word you need to know to be able to pull yourself out of your current situation: TRY.
Every entrepreneur was once just a guy or girl who tried. Don’t like your job? Try something different. The beauty of the world we live in is that you can literally earn money sitting in your underwear on the couch, beer (or wine) in hand.
Jack D talks about finding your purpose, spending time thinking 20 years, 10 years, 5 years, 3 years and even 1 year ahead and planning accordingly: Plan your vision. Plan your mission. Execute.
It’s a nice sentiment to promote but what if you don’t have a 20 year vision? What if you don’t know what you want to be doing in one year? What if all you know is that you want to be doing something, anything, different from what you’re doing now?
Try something new.
Want to sell interesting rocks you find on the street? Try it. Find some rocks and put them on eBay for a price. There are myriad different things you can try, so just try a bunch and see what happens.
Once you’ve found something you enjoy doing an interesting thing starts to happen – you spend even more time doing it. And when you spend more time doing something you spend more time thinking about it. Eventually, this development of ideas can (and usually will) turn into something more, leading you to easily being able to forecast what you want to do next and where you want to take your life. Suddenly you have gone from selling rocks you picked up off the street on eBay to creating rock sculptures you sell in art galleries.
You never know where your new hobbies and passions will take you.
Jack D was not wrong when he talked about focus and motivation, he just missed a step.
You will never find your passion thinking about life.
You will find your passion by trying things in life.