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How to get paid outrageous sums of money for doing what you love

It's all about leverage.

Here's the deal: everyone, through unique life experiences, has their own unique sets of skills, strengths and talents.

But more importantly, you have a unique combination of those sets of skills.

If you find you have a talent for writing, the first thing you're going to figure is "Hey, maybe I should do something where I get paid to write!"

Congratulations, you're already a step ahead of the curve.

Is Exponential Growth Possible?

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Thought-provoking correspondence with a very smart reader - I asked him for permission to post this, and he said yes but would prefer to be anonymous since it looks incredibly ambitious. These are great insights, I'd love to give him credit for them. I recommend you read the whole letter, thought provoking -

My goal is to "grow" exponentially. Each year I want to get X times "better" than the previous year.

Here's what I mean by that. Most people grow naturally, they get wiser, more experienced as time goes by. Some grow pretty slow, it takes them a lot of time to improve their skills and life, others seem to make huge jumps year after year. I guess most people, slow or fast, never think consciously about their "growth speed", they're satisfied with whatever comes naturally for them.

If you're, say, a talented programmer, you're pretty much cruising through jobs, technologies, and technical challenges. There's nothing much to be dissatisfied about and you feel like you're doing great. But, is this your natural growth limit? Can you grow even faster? Can you design your life for compound growth?

Here's a few things known to make you grow: reading books, spending time with interesting people, travelling, practicing your skills and profession, getting out of your comfort zone, learning a new skill, managing your time more efficiently, not watching TV, getting consistently good sleep, mentors, and so on. I'm sure you could easily quadruple this list.

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