Turns Out You're Kind of Like A Cat

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Okay, I admit the title was a little bit click-baity, but it's way past my bedtime and I needed something to get your attention this early in the morning. Oh, and when you're done reading this morning's post, you'll realize it's actually kind of true.

No, I'm don't mean it in a way where you get to sleep 18 hours a day [HA!], I mean it in a way where if you do it right, you get way more lives than just one.

We often just don't choose to see it that way.

Take a read and you'll understand why.

PS. I still have no idea how I came across this gem, but it was along time ago and all the credit goes to Zach from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. It's been one of those I hold close, refer to often and has given me the confidence to cut out all my other wants and pursue a single crazy idea.

The premise here is really simple, so let's not overcomplicate it.

In a world where we are constantly exposed to millions of different things we could be, many of us run around feeling like we need to be all of them – at the same time.

You know your blog writing, iron pumping, photographer friend who freelance graphic designs, trains puppies on weekends, and curates 100 different Pinterest boards as part of their aspiring interior design career? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

It sounds crazy when you put it like that, but with the pressure we put on ourselves after being exposed to all the things again and again, coupled with the constant feeling of not quite being enough, we set out to simultaneously build multiple, often conflicting lives – all at the same time.

The end result: we end up sucking at all of them, having never given a single one the time, dedication and focus it deserves.

Many of us get paralyzed by the thought of giving up the many in pursuit of a single thing. We believe that if we don't do them all right now, we may never end up getting to do them at all.

And while it may be true that we might not get to do ALL of them, it's almost a certainty that we won't get to do any of them well if we straddle, half-in and half-out of many different things.

My advice: take some time to figure out how you want to spend the next good chunk of your life – say 5 to 7 years – and go all in on it with the kind of fanatical insanity that will leave all of your talent and soul on the table. It's the only way you'll ever know what you are actually capable of – and that's something worth spending your life pursuing.

Find comfort in the fact that done right, life is long and you'll get many chances to own many different areas. Done right, you have multiple lifetimes.

Oh, and if you aren't sure what you'd want to spend a part of your life dedicated to then spend the next big chunk of your life dedicated to figuring out what it could be.

That's a worthwhile pursuit in it's own right.

Julian DeSchutter