There’s nothing as hard as facing your demons.
By this, I mean doing the hard things that will push you from ground zero to mastery.
It. Is. Super. Hard.
I came to realize this after I quit my Big 4 job to focus on what my heart beats for: writing.
Among the writing community, “write every day if you want to become a better writer” is a popular advice.
Hemingway made this advice even more dramatic, when he said: “there’s nothing to writing. Just go to your typewriter and bleed.”
Going to my screen to bleed daily has been hard.
And here are 3 key ideas I’ve learnt and used these past years.
These insights are not limited to writing alone. They are universal, whatever area you are itching to go into.
1) Choose to Create Your Best Self
This is the first and hardest part.
If you’re like me – forced down the wrong path by parents and siblings – your decision to return to what makes you happy will prove to be quite tough.
How would you make a U-turn after an engineering or science degree to go study law?
How would you leave a 6-figure job to start down an uncertain career path?
These decisions are life-changing and hard.
But here is heuristic I use to make decisions of this type.
If I’m working as a doctor, but not cut out to be a doctor, I can only remain a mediocre doctor. Choosing to go on and become a lawyer (which I’m called to be) will certainly see my best self burst forth.
It is simple. Doing what you are born for makes a big difference in the outcome.
2) Practice Every Day
This is also quite hard.
Life comes in the way of our practice. But you must find a way to practice.
On my laptop wall paper, I have a simple reminder…
Write every day, especially when you don’t feel like it.
Do you aspire to be a programmer? Program every day. Want to be a lawyer? Read cases or visit courts daily. Looking to be a finance expert? Swim in numbers daily.
Express your uniqueness by practising your craft. Every. Single. Day.
3) Keep Moving Forward
I know there are many reasons why you want to quit.
If you live and work from Nigeria, there are lots.
Poor power supply. Infrastructure decay. High cost of living. Insecurity. Poor quality of education.
The excuses are valid. But they shouldn’t stop you.
Friedrich Nietzsche says, “Those who have a why to live, can bear with almost anyhow.”
Stay on it. Glory will be yours at last.