You’ve heard the expression, “Start with the end in mind.”
You might think that you do. But you don’t. You know how I can say that? Easy, you never end up where you intended.
What you probably do is start with the next step in mind. If you want to punch a guy in the nose, you have to focus on the back of his head. If you just focus on his nose, your fist won’t travel through his head.
You get the picture?
Here’s an example of a great question from a sharp young person:
@RoboFacturing assuming that I will get a seat in one of the top universities in usa, can I get a job ? Which companies will hire me?
— kaushik (@SR4rocks) July 3, 2014
Can you see where he makes the same mistake?
He’s not even focused on the nose. He is focused on the air space between the nose and his fist.
Start with the end. This is how:
1. Ask yourself what the END IS!
– is the end money?
– is the end social acclaim?
– is the end personal fulfillment?
2. Find people who have already accomplished EXACTLY what you want to accomplish.
– ask NOT HOW but WHY they ended up where they did.
– asking HOW will point you to rope bridges and dirt roads that may not even be there any more.
3. Take the steps that will create the same magic that happend in their lives.
If you want to be the next Einstein, you might think that the obvious thing to do is go to Princeton. You’d be wrong. Einstein never graduated college. If you want to be the next Elon Musk, you might think you have to study engineering. Elon studied economics and he started studying physics at Stanford but quit in 2 days. That’s two days.
What you imagine to be requirements for success are in your imagination.