Reinvention requires we learn new skills in new domains. Often that means taking several steps back in order to leap forward into mastering new skills. It's easier said than done, because pride, ego, and limiting beliefs can get in our way.
Inspired by my newest role models, I found myself following them too strictly. In the process, I strayed from my core and now I'm pivoting back into alignment with my strengths and interests.
Before my first reinvention, I feared giving up on my career progress, experiences, and education. However, it turns out the fear of not trying scared me even more. "What if" is more painful than "what have I done."
Going to university was very expensive. Knowing I would have to pay back the huge loans drove and empowered me to pursue any and all learning interests. Sometimes against the advice of university counselors and mentors.
When it comes to email, I designed a system to collect and put problems on hold without solving them. In other areas of life, I address problems right away, by design. Now, I'm looking for other ways I can design for addressing problems right away, rather than saving them for later.
I started writing so that I could document and publish old ideas, however, what I discovered was that writing is actually how I develop new and better ideas. Writing is more about surfacing new ideas than it is about documenting old ones.
Robert Kiyosaki teaches us to pay ourselves first every paycheck by saving 10% off the top. Upon reflection, it turns out his advice applies to our well being too.
A line from Neil Gaiman's MasterClass helped me realize that only in failure can we learn what success fails to teach us. The perspective from reaching the finish line of a failed race is quite different and valuable to learning and growing.
Recently, I realized that doing what I love consistently and regularly over a long period of time has attracted some of the most important opportunities and successes of my life. In this article, I share how exactly that happened.
While listening to the book, Power Broker by Robert Caro, I discovered that we respond to and grow with our circumstances, environment, friends, colleagues, etc. for better or for worse. The changes are small and subtle, and over time, make an impact.