Make sure you’re set up for success.

If you’re like me, you’re a jack of all trades but a master of none. Most of us a dabblers. We like to try a lot of different things until we find out that we don’t like them as much as we thought or get bored. How much time have we wasted during that time? How much money have we wasted on things we don’t like. What kind of person could we have been if we would have stuck to one of these things a little longer?

Hopping around from thing to thing is a bad habit that i’m trying to break. I never give myself enough time to become good at something before I move on to something else. As I write this, I have found out why. I player soccer from the time I was 8 years old until I was 31. I played as competitively as I could for all those years. I watched every game I could. I coached and refereed. Soccer was life. When my daughter was born (she’s now 9) I quit cold turkey. From one day to the next i was no longer as interested in soccer as I once was. It was such a large part of my life that I had to stop to make room for something more important. Since then I’ve been trying to find something to fill the void that was left and have never been able to find anything.

This might sound off topic but it’s important that I get this out and on paper/audio. The reason that I jump from thing to thing is that NOTHING will ever be as important to me as soccer. If I compare everything to soccer, nothing will ever come close. So I guess the big take away from this is that you should never try and replace some things. You should accept that you have to try and find something different for its own reason.

So if you’ve found something that you want to invest time into, do it. Find a place or a person that can teach you something new about it. Get yourself a mentor. That way you can become proficient enough at it so that you can benefit from doing it. Sometimes we waste our time beating out head into the wall trying to get better at something. We don’t understand that we do not have the skill level needed to get over the next hump. We need someone that’s been down that road before to help push us over.

Now you can find classes and conferences for just about anything. Invest in yourself and make sure you’re set up for success. Weather it’s a skill needed for work or one needed for recreation, being as good as you can be at something might amplify other things in your life.

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