Sometime ago I was chatting to a very dear friend and he told me about how frustrated he was with his job. He was working for a well paying corporate company in the country but wasn’t fulfilled. He yearned to do more with his life but was unsure about what to do. So much so that when another job opportunity came along he didn’t take it. It was a government job, that paid slightly more but with less work.
He was afraid of getting bored and he passed on the job.
During our chat, I happened to share something that provoked his thought process and he eventually realized that what he really wanted to do was go out and start his own venture. Not only one venture but multiple ventures in various industries. The reason he had been so frustrated was that he thought he was too haphazard and crazy to have so many different ideas. Someone had taught him that you need to identify that one business idea and stick with it until it works – something I am totally against especially if you are still in your start up years. Anyway, another topic for another day.
As we were discussing he then realized that he needed more free time. The job he was in demanded too much of his time he could hardly do anything else YET he was not ready to quit and concentrate on his ventures because they were still just dreams. All of a sudden it dawned on him that he should have taken that government job he passed on. Getting a high paying job with less work load was exactly what he needed to get his ventures off the ground.
The opportunity had passed and he had to start looking for another job.
My point is this, when my friend first passed on the job, he was driven by an activity mindset – where he just declined the offer because it didn’t seem right. When he started thinking strategically about his life and career and allowed his goals to drive his actions, he realized the opportunity he passed.
When you are activity driven, many opportunities and tasks will seem useless, confused and unreasonable. However, once you take a step back to define your goals and objectives with your life, career or business, you will be in a better position to identify opportunities and tasks that will help serve your vision better. You will even find sense in taking a government job for a corporate one or scaling down your lifestyle to free up cash for something that will propel you towards your goals. It will make it easier for you to cope with driving a second hand import when you can clearly afford a brand new Merc.
Being goal driven instead of activity driven will guide you on who to befriend, what to buy, who to hire, what to start, what to quit etc. and you will stop being taken by every shining thing that gets dangled in your fact.
What drives you?