Every time I achieved anything – in business, academics, life – I’ve created myself on the page.
I took a blank piece of paper. (Or a Moleskine.) And I asked myself, “What do I want?”
Then I answered that question being as descriptive as possible.
I created an image – an “ideal me”. I wrote down what I want to do with my days, how I want it, and what impact I want to make on the world.
Then I asked myself, “What would it take for me to be there?” I reverse-engineered the image I had in my head.
It worked when I got accepted in one of the best business colleges in the U.S. It worked when I dropped out from there after 7 months. It worked when I started writing on Medium and made my first $1,000 there. It worked when I launched a business. And it worked when I quit that business to move to another country.
But I am not all that cool. I often got side-tracked. We all do.
However, asking yourself this question from time to time, and bringing your focus back to the image of the “ideal you” – is essential to get where you want to go.
So here’s a piece of advice: create yourself on the page like a fiction writer.
What’s your character? What do you want? What will it take to get there?