The How of Your What

Whenever I’m doing something new I like to do research. Amanda and I both share this character trait so when we are together the drive to research increases exponentially. We take Proverbs 15:22 to heart:

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

We don’t like failing (who does?). We like succeeding. So we are always seeking out advisors or to say it another way: we try to find people who have already walked where we want to go.

Before we got married we went to pre-marital counseling to learn how to have a successful marriage. Before we had kids we went to birth classes to learn how to parent infants. When we thought about starting an internet cafe (true story) we took small business classes at S.C.O.R.E.

The people who have already walked where you want to go want to tell their story. They want to help you avoid their pain or partake in their joy. The Voice of Regret and The Voice of Success are both willing to share their tales. All we need to do to benefit is to listen and learn.

How to do the work you enjoy isn’t always clear

After you’ve figured out your why and have used that in guiding you to deciding on your what you still have one more piece to figure out – your how. Your ‘how’ is how you are going to make money doing your ‘what.’ A problem arises when you aren’t sure how to do your calling, or if there isn’t anyone who had done it before. You can be paralyzed with questions:

What if no one is hiring for your perfect job?

What if telling people your business idea results in more furrowed brows than completed sales?

What if you don’t have any money or are deeply in debt?

What if there’s no guarantee you will succeed?

How am I going to make this dream a reality?

Effort trumps uncertainty

I don’t have answers for any of those questions because the answers depend on each person’s situation. But I do know that there are people who have taken their ‘what’, set off into the unknown and succeeded. And you’ll find them in the most interesting places.

Here’s a video of Dave Ramsey talking with Mark Cuban. Today these guys are monumentally successful, but they both had their humble beginnings trying things they were not certain would work.

Two quotes I really like from Mr. Cuban in the video are:

Businesses don’t fail for a lack of capitol, they fail for the lack of brains and effort.

And the quote of what he tells his basketball team:

The one thing in life that you can control is your effort.

If it’s not clear how to go about your calling, throw some effort at it and you’ll soon figure it out.

I’ve figured out my ‘how’ and it’s creating and selling plugins. It fits with my why and it satisfies my what. Although I’m not exactly certain about the path to take I’m lucky to know people who have walked that way before and I know I can put a ton of effort into it. Those two things fill me with more than enough confidence to go out and win.

If you’re in a place of uncertainty of how to find and do work you enjoy just remember: Plans succeed with many advisors and you’re the only one who can unleash your effort. Find mentors and work your tail off you’ll and you will succeed.