Hey all, Cam here. For those that don't me know I'm an intensely motivated 16 year old who's trying to make the biggest positive splash on the world possible. The only problem is I'm having difficulty deciding the best way to do that.
I understand focus is important, but my problem is finding the best thing to focus on. I'm currently in the process of improving my social skills along with writing two hours per day on my personal development blog, and juggling two hours per day, but I can't help but feel like I could still be using my time more effectively.
I use my time much more "productively" than other kids my age, and more so than most adults, and even other personal development and productivity bloggers, but I still feel like I could be doing better.
I feel focusing all my efforts on a single pursuit would be the best way to change the world. I know I have (or can) develop the work ethic necessary to become the best at anything in the world, but what could I focus my energy on that would have the greatest positive impact on the world?
I believe that passion comes from emotional investment so it doesn't matter to me if I currently like something or not. If being the world's next rap superstar and doing motivational v-logs on the side is the best way to change the world I'm all for it. If I don't currently enjoy something I'm willing to grit my teeth, until eventually I've put so much into it that I'll have to love it.
Anyway, I think you likely understand what I'm getting at by this point. I've already got some ideas on this, but I want to hear yours as well. What's the single most powerful way to positively change the world?
I agree that focusing on one thing is the most important part of the formula. I think that it matters very little what that actual one thing is, as long as it's something you care a lot about. If you don't care a lot about it, you'll never get full leverage on yourself.
True, but about if I have multiple interests? Do you have any advice in deciding between say juggling, blogging, and rapping? I could definitely become the best juggler, but honestly how much would a really great juggler change the world?
Blogging or motivational speaking are focused mediums, but music has a much larger, albeit less focused reach. Eminem may have 10x the fans of Tony Robbins, but if Eminem also had say a personal development book on the side who would positively impact more people? Is it too close to matter or would one make a much bigger difference than the other?
I'm a lot like the younger you Tynan. I've work ethic, and hustle, but I also tend to be the curious cat who wants to do EVERYTHING.
I've read your post on The Dip (Bug report: Can't insert link or paste url here.), and it's been useful, but that was from 5 years ago, and obviously Life Nomadic is no longer your main focus.
Looking back do you have any advice you'd offer your younger self on making this big decision? It would mean a lot to me if you'd offer any wisdom here, as I think we have a lot in common and when I look at you it's almost like looking at an older, mature version of myself.
Try volunteering for and/or trying to work at Leverage Research. Not only is it their primary mission to figure out how best to improve the world, but they're also connected with CFAR, who are pro at helping you figure out what exactly you want out of life, why you want it, and the best way to get it.
You're very young, like me (i'm 21). Spend some time getting to know yourself. Volunteer a lot, socialize more and read some great novels. If you are asking what is the most powerful way to positively change the world, dedicate our life to becoming a doctor and then volunteering. Honestly though, you can help more people if you focus on becoming wealthy now and donating heaps of money to charity later. When I was in high school I turned $1,000 into $35,000 over the course of 4 years by day trading. It taught me so much.Seriously make sure you spend some time just having fun on weekends though. My favorite memories are pulling pranks, going to parties and screwing around with my friends back in high school. I wouldn't trade those memories for being at Harvard on a full ride even.
I regret being overly productive my sophomore year of college. I missed out on that entire year with working on my job (poker) and having a girlfriend.
That's something I've been working on this year. I see a lot of celebrities who are really messed up because they were thrown into the spotlight too fast and never had a childhood. I've been going out 3-4 nights a week this summer which I think is a good balance between getting to have the teenage experience, and let loose while at the same time still having 7 days and 3-4 nights per week to work.
Thanks for the response Liam, definitely helped to give me perspective and I think I've got a good idea with what my plans for the future are now.
Honestly? Climate Change. Or really, limits of any type. Because, we're slow in realizing it, but every single thing on this planet is limited.
We're limited in the amount of CO2 we can put into the atmosphere, limited in the number of animals we can kill for hunting or for their fur or whatever, limited in the amount of pollution we can put into our air, land, soil, water before we began to develop acute illnesses, limited in the amount of rare earth we can extract from our planet and put into our one-year-lifetime smartphones and tablets, limited in the amount of gasoline we can pump into our Chevy Tahoe's, limited in the amount of forest area we can clear before there aren't enough trees and the mass extinction that is ongoing increases exponentially....
I'm also of the opinion that personal development itself is not a career. I believe that a person should have a core career (I chose engineering) and then once you're a success in that field, then talk about how self improvement was part of it and about things like motivation, inspiration, resilience, persistence, character and so on. People who did that include Chris Gardner (the real life guy of Pursuit of Happyness), Jordan, Steve Jobs and even Tynan to a great extent...people like these.
When I read a personal development blog where the author's sole occupation is personal development, it kind of comes across as shallow, though I admit that that's not always the case (a great example of when its not the case is Leo).
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