If you are re-questioning what you want in life
You can not decide what you want
Your life is still lonnnnng from here. Pick a dream and try. You can make mistakes along the way for the next 10 years and you will still be young enough to start over. There are plenty of examples where people started their company at 50-60 years old and became extremely successful.
You want to dream
When you don’t know exactly what to pursue, the decision can be as simple as deciding in between chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream.
Unless you do something you don’t even know what the right decision is anyway. Fixing the wrong decision you made is more important than choosing the right decision because you don't even know what the right decision is anyway.
You have a hard time handling rejections
Everyone else sucks too. You just gotta find your market fit. You are not better than you really are or worse than you really are. Rejections don’t change your value. There is a market for used underwear in japan. What does this mean? It means that everything is interesting by someone. You just need to find the group of people who finds what you offer interesting. And even those who rejected you, they struggle the same fucking fear. They are afraid of being rejected too. They suck too. It’s just context. The same people who rejected you can accept you in another situation and the same people who accepted you can also reject you in another.
You want to make a lot of money for no particular reason
I think you should go out and try doing that. You might like it, you might not. We don’t know unless you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that it’s really hard to pursue a dream for money, and only for money for either perseverance or mental happiness reason. The better approach I found is to make ‘enough’ that satisfies your ambition and compromise your happiness.
If you are starting a company. You want to change your career:
Trying to find what you want in your life in a real heavy way for the first time
Self awareness can be such a strong weapon for life and happiness. Asking yourself hard questions might be difficult in the moment but the consequence of not asking the hard question can be more painful in the long term. The decision can be simple and easy, as easy as choosing between a candy and a chocolate to get a sense of what it is like to pursue what you want.
The most important thing is to never give up in the search. Don’t judge yourself when you make mistakes because failures actually give you more insights than successes.
You are searching for life knowledge
Consciously look out for the information that can benefit you. Today, we have the internet and we have no excuse. We can have access to our mentors digitally which was not available just within 20 years. So don’t let ‘not having a mentor’ or ‘the right kind of information’ be the reason for you to stop. The knowledge you want to rely on from older people also can be outdated in this fast changing era anyway. Whatever happens in your life happens. You can’t and shouldn’t prevent the failures you are supposed to experience because in the end of the day, you are not missing anything out by not listening to someone you look up to. There is no right answer but there is only YOUR answer.
You don't know what happiness is
There is no one answer that I can tell you that I assume should be everyone’s answer. All answers can be unique. One thing I know is people feel happy when they make progress to become who they want to become which actually has nothing to do directly with money. Things don’t make us happy. It’s the emotion that makes us happy.
You are sad, judgmental, cynical and negative.
You are not a sad, judgmental, cynical or negative person. You are just entitled, insecure and fearful. And notice how I did not say you are an entitled person, insecure person or fearful person. But rather I said you are that as adjectives because GOOD NEWS! You are in control. You can change it. The first phase is awareness, the second phase is willingness and finally the third phase is perseverance. Everybody else sucks too. Many people ARE sad, judgmental, cynical and negative. Why because they are afraid of being disappointed and let down. You are not negative, you are scared. And guess what, positive people are not just lucky, they are scared just as much as you are, but they decide to be and stay positive. Being negative, hopeless, insecure does not take any strength. Despite the risk and hardships, being positive and inspirational takes some hard strength. So Now it’s up to you what you want to do.
If you are getting married or starting a family
You are finding it hard to pursue a dream
Now it might be harder, yes, to start chasing your dream when you already have some responsibilities. But if someone who looks like you succeeded, you can too definitely and I know plenty of people who became successful chasing their dream while providing for their families. One good example who I also talked about in my book, the game of self domination” is Chris Gardner, who was captured in the real life story movie ‘the pursuit of happiness’ by Will Smith. And guess what he had his kid but he did not have a wife, even a home to live.. And he still managed to become a super successful businessman whose life is drawn by a Hollywood movie. The potential is unlimited.
You can say, because I have kids to feed, I can’t take risks - which is also ok and hopefully that decision gives you a stronger sense of fulfillment and happiness overall in macro. And guess what, you can start at a later time too when the kid grows up a bit, but also remember, you’d ALWAYS have some sort of reason WHY you don’t want to start today anyway - whatever the situation you are in.
You can also say, because I have kids to feed, I MUST BE SUCCESSFUL. You can have them as a reason to commit to your dream and the reason for you to be willing to sacrifice anything to succeed in your dream.
Changing a job
Change is scary and facing a change at a later time in life is even scarier. But what’s more scary is never being able to even work on the change and one day, waking up in the death bed, being old and unable to even walk easily and regretting that you wasted the one chance, the one life you were fortunate to have being scared & not taking the risks. Because the secret to happiness is not getting a job, going to a job, while being head down frustrated just so that you can assure safety. The secret to happiness is actually feeling and experiencing as much as you can while you are alive and appreciating that you can even feel all these feelings.