Are you waiting for success to arrive, or are you going out to find where it is hiding?
The poet John Milton’s words, “They also serve who only stand and wait,” may be both profound and genuine, but the true riches of life are far more likely to accrue to those who actively go out and seek them.
Seldom does success come marching in accompanied by a brass band in full regalia? More often, it’s achieved by those who labour long and hard. Take the initiative, and you will create your own opportunities. There is no substitute for action backed up by a well-thought-out plan.
Action starts with being curious. Curiosity is about finding and experiencing the new. It’s about discovery and exploration. It makes everything playful. Most of all, curiosity “helps you good at being lucky” It’s how some people see opportunities everywhere, and others don’t.
Try Stuff; When you have a bias to action, you are building momentum moving forward. There is no sitting on the fence thinking about ‘what If.’ It’s about playing the game.
Trying stuff, lets you test it, just like test driving a new car, walking into a department store and testing new perfume or cologne and for all kinds of products. And we have trial periods for important things like a job or career, relationships. But we stop short and adopt a mind-set of us wanting to fit into, rather than having the mind-set of does this fit with me?
Your life/career/job/relationship etc. is not a thing; it’s an experience; the fun come from planing and designing the experience to see if it is a good fit.
The reframe for the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?” is this “Who or what do you want to grow into?”.