Hard work, purpose & failure

Hard work and purpose go hand-in-hand.

I’m not someone who subscribes to the notion of following your passions. At best, it’s ill-informed advice that doesn’t get to the crux of the issue – do you already have a passion? Because if not, trying to concoct one to find work that you “love” will be almost impossible. And if you have a passion, will it pay you enough money to live?

Instead, I prefer the school of thought that says work hard at what you’re good at so you become so good they can’t ignore you.

Doing this will lead to passion for your work. Something I must remind myself on a weekly basis. Because, well, following your passion is just so damn appealing.

But it’s not the answer.

Since 2017, I’ve been on autopilot.

Which has stopped me from being able to imagine what I’m capable of. Only now, due to huge determination to make CreditStretcher work am I opening up to the potential for what I have inside of me.

Like learning programming, mathematics and science. Subjects I previously believed were “above me” intellectually.

This doubt. The voice in my head. It all boils down to a lack of confidence.

How can we ever achieve great things if we can’t imagine anything great in our future?

The first step is to rid our fear of failure. For me, the answer lies in stoicism.

Nothing happens to the wise man contrary to his expectation

Seneca