As a result of what I do, I constantly get asked numerous questions about so many different fields. I get messaged emails regarding Parkour, DJing, Music Production, Body/Neuro Hacking, Acting, Fitness, Blogging, SEO, Entrepreneurship, and more – but there’s always been one question that’s been asked more than any other out there.
How do I figure out what to do for the rest of my life?
It’s obviously not an easy question to answer, and the answer is completely different for everyone. I’ve had so many intimate conversations with people regarding this question, and although it’s difficult to tackle, it’s not impossible. In this post I plan to give you my 5 steps for figuring out what to do for the rest of your life.
Step 1: DON’T
You’re probably not expecting this as the first step, but don’t figure out what to do for the rest of your life. Now trust me: I am going to give you concrete steps and tips to answering that question. The biggest piece of advice that I can give you, however, is to not focus on an exact thing to do for the rest of your life.
Trying to answer that question isn’t easy, and it’s almost like you’re trying to get to the destination without having the journey. If you were going skiing for the first time what would you do? You would ski, fall down, figure out where you went wrong, and keep going until it’s second nature. Trying to answer this question before going out and trying different things is like reading tons of books without ever even putting on skis – the process is backwards.
People have this notion that they have to figure out the answer to that question. Here’s an honest truth: I have NO idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. I genuinely don’t. I just know what makes me happy, and I keep doing that. The most successful people in the world have no idea what they want to do – they just pursue what makes them feel fulfilled. Successful people don’t figure out “what they want to do,” they just push for what makes them feel alive.
Step 2: What Makes You Happy?
The first real step to figuring this out is looking at what makes you happy. What makes you fulfilled? What makes you feel alive? I’m not joking in the slightest bit: Take a piece of paper and right down at least 20 things that genuinely make you happy. They can either be broad or specific. Everything from tying knots, to doing handstands, to grooming dogs – it doesn’t matter. Right down everything and anything that truly makes you happy.
Actually write things down, because we’re going to use that list later on. Also, don’t worry about money – we’ll get to that. Don’t jump the gun – just think of things that truly make you happy.
Another way to answer this question is this: If you just one the lottery, and you now have a billion dollars, how would you spend your time? You don’t have to work another day in your life, so how would you spend your time each day?
Step 3: Look at the Foundational Aspects
Now that you have that list, it’s now time to look at all the foundational aspects and analyze them. You’re probably going to notice trends in things that you really like to do – this is a way to figure out how to be fulfilled. Being happy is extremely temporary, but being fulfilled is a long lasting feeling that exists when you’re doing something that truly makes you feel alive.
For example, I’m into Parkour and DJing. And while on the surface those are different things, foundationally there’s a lot of similarities. They’re both extremely creative, require you to be present in the moment, have positive atmospheres, crazy social scenes, and more.
Once you figure out those foundational aspects that are intertwined in everything you do, the next step is to figure out how to combine them. There’s no-one like you on the entire planet, and your traits and abilities are exactly the same.
Since I like Parkour and DJing, I’ve DJ’ed a bunch of Parkour events. I even made a song created from sounds of Parkour. I’m huge into traveling and music, so my first album, The Light Nearby, was created about various cities and their musical expression.
Don’t hesitate to combine everything you love into one pursuit – that’s easily one of the best ways to be successful. Not only that, it will make life way more exciting and interesting.
Step 4: Figuring out the Financial Aspect
For most people, this is the hardest part about pursuing what you live. While I have some problems about Money that I’ll address in Step 5, it’s important to create a system to always have cash flowing in.
Here’s one of the biggest questions that I always start with: What is something that you love doing, that someone else is doing, and making money doing it? Write down roughly 10-15 people that are making money doing something that you love and study each one of them. How are they doing it?
For example, some musicians make money from touring live. Other musicians make money from ghost producing (making tracks for other people). Some make money from endorsements, others from licensing out their music…the list goes on.
What you’ll figure out is that there’s a fuckload of different ways to make money in any particular pursuit.
I usually don’t like to swear that much on my blog but I had to stress the last sentence. People who say they can’t make money doing what they love either don’t think big enough or don’t work hard enough (usually both). I’ve yet to hear about an endeavor that you can’t make money from (I’m serious).
This is why I had you write down a lot of the foundational aspects of what you love.
Take an endeavor like Poetry – tough right? Not exactly. If you like poetry, you foundationally like symbolism and art and expression. You could easily start a YouTube channel or blog breaking down poetic structure and syntax. You could become and English teacher. You could become the stage manager for theaters – because how designs are set up is extremely symbolic of the acting scene. You could become a designer, and demonstrate how fashion itself is poetry in motion.
Remember: There are so many different foundational aspects to yourself and what you love, and being able to translate those across the board opens up opportunities to think outside the box. Especially if you combined those aspects together, you can create a unique combo that you didn’t know existed – and that’s one of the best ways to increase your income.
Step 5: WORK
After having all this written down, and creating an exact plan of what you love and how you’re going to make money doing it, it’s grind time. What I’ve found, like I’ve mentioned above, is that most people have an idea of what they want to do for the rest of their life. The main issue is that they don’t think big enough, and that the difficulty of the journey scares them.
Too many times in life we are taught to hold back and confirm to small, individual groups – but once you realize you have complete control over everything in your life, your journey truly begins.
Anything that’s worth having takes a tremendous amount of work. Why do you think so many people want to become a famous actor, musician, entrepreneur, internet celebrity, and more? It’s awesome. And making money doing something that’s awesome is no easy task but it’s completely worth it. If it was easy everything would do it, and that’s why most people don’t.
If you’re read this entire post, and performed the steps that I outlined, you’re now in an interesting position: You have everything to now pursue your dream.
Now that you have everything you need, and are in the best possible place to re-create your life, I have one last question for you:
When you are lying on your death bed, what do you want to remember: A bunch of memories that could have happened, or the memories of you succeeding doing what you love?