One of the most important things we should do before taking a job is to define clear expectations.
Often, the end picture is blurry for individuals on both ends of the spectrum — and this becomes a perfect recipe for misunderstanding and chaos.
Humans are wired to over-promise. You take up a project wanting to shoot for the moon — no matter if you haven’t still figured out where you will get the fuel from.
Why? Because it feels good. The feeling of achieving an ideal target is a state of bliss. But unfortunately, moment driven passion & emotion always get the better of us and don’t necessarily project reality.
What can we do combat this?
Set the right expectations. Under-promise; over-deliver.
Charles Bukowski echoed with passion his stance on the “environment” we need to “create”. He said:
baby, air and light and time and space have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
In this information age, there are limitless lessons available to us. We read articles about “How a 21-year-old championed success”, “23 year old is on her next big invention”. The internet is full of this shit.
In these, we seek inspiration. What for? To move us, to enlighten us, to guide us on the “right” path to success. Here’s the truth:
All that inspiration is nothing but entertainment.
When you don’t act, when you don’t go out in the sun and stand tall against failure, all that inspiration becomes a fucking entertainment piece.
When you don’t travel to a place you have always wanted to because a content piece was able to please your hunger, all that inspiration to travel becomes virtual tourism. And what good is that?
In 2017, stop getting inspired.
Assemble your shit, travel and create something of value. Don’t wait for it.