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Stop Doing Sh*t You Don't Want to Do

August 23, 2020
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by
Jason Gutierrez

THOUGHT

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” — The Bhagavad Gita / Unknown Author

STORY

Staring out over a large construction site in the blistering heat of northeast Georgia, I felt nothing. No excitement, no fulfillment, no desire at all to be working on the boring projects assigned to me.

It was a weird feeling — one I didn’t particularly care for. That day I turned off auto-pilot and wondered how I had gotten myself into such a predicament. After all, I did everything by the books.

  • Good grades in school
  • Reputable college
  • Secured a 9 to 5 desk job

The good old American dream.

Yet there I stood, feeling empty and lost. A feeling many twenty-somethings these days are familiar with. It was then I realized that the “dream” I had achieved was somebody else’s, not my own. I was just the guy who had chased it with relentless perfection.

And so I thought about the things I wanted, and soon realized I didn’t really have a clue, which led to at least a few more years of fumbling around and experimenting, until I figured out that all I needed was to do things that actually mattered to me. It made no difference whether they were for fun or for work, I just enjoyed doing things that I wanted to — not what someone else wanted of me.

That’s what led me into entrepreneurship, writing, and having fun doing random things on the internet. It was my very own, very large sandbox that I could play in. And I loved doing it.

Soon after, I threw a buttload of money from my old engineering job down the pooper. I left work to travel and do my own things. And even though I had no idea what I was doing, completely screwed my finances for a year, and had to hustle for money doing more things that I didn’t want to, I realized that I was still happy…because at least MOST of the time I was doing the things I wanted.

And so we arrive back at this week’s initial thought, “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

I felt so much happier failing my way through life than succeeding in a role I couldn’t care less about. And the funny thing is, the failures — assuming you learn from them — eventually turn into massive wins.

All you need is the courage to take the risk and stop living the life other people want from you, and instead the gall to pursue what you love.

ACTION

Don’t be like me and immediately quit your job. Instead, do one thing that YOU want to do, even if you have no idea how to do it. I promise you’ll have more fun failing at that then continuing to thrive at something that doesn’t interest you.

Best,
Jason

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