I was having a discussion last night with someone about what I wanted to do in the next couple of years.
One of the ideas that had been mentioned was focusing on building my personal brand. Writing more books, developing courses, doing product launches, etc.
And he asked me "do you really want to be famous?"
I said, first of all, if I did, the famous part would simply be a side effect. The real reason for doing it, is that I could essentially just live my life and have people pay me to tell them about it. I have interesting ideas to share, ideas worth paying for, and by writing about it I get more of them. My reasons for building my personal brand would be to minimize friction in my life, not fame or anything egoically motivated.
And, second of all, to answer the question... I don't know. The answer is, I don't know.
Not because I haven't thought about it, but because that's not how my brain works.
I don't do goals. The idea of goals do not make sense to me.
If I become famous, I'm all for it. If I don't, that's cool too.
Because my preferred outcome is whatever occurs.
This is called being in alignment with reality.
He said, I know what you mean, but I think I'd like to have some general idea of where I'm going because in the long run, things usually don't pan out the way you want them to.
And I thought, wherever I end up is my preferred destination. However things pan out is the perfect outcome.
This way of seeing the world is extraordinarily strange to most people.
But this is what it looks like to be in alignment with reality. To live your life in flow. In harmony with the natural forces of the universe.
This is what life is like when your primary driving force is gratitude.
Most people's primary operating system is fear.
That's why they need goals. I don't have room to go into what that really means here (it's in my book). All of their goals are fear based. The way they see the world is fear based.
Fear is an obstructing force. It puts you out of alignment, out of flow.
The opposite of fear is gratitude.
Humans are emotional creatures. We are not half logic, half emotion. More like 99.9% emotion.
And you have two choices. There are only two operating systems available on the shelf.
Fear or gratitude.
Growing up in today's society, we all come pre-programmed to run on fear. Like you probably had Windows on your first computer, because it comes pre-installed with everything.
But gratitude is your natural operating system. You get it automatically once you uninstall the other one.