On impatience, teaching, and variety

On impatience What is going to change in the next five days that will change the rest of your life? If there is such an event—whether it be a "big break" or a small mindset change—make it happen. It won't happen to you, so you must seek the break that changes the way you operate. However, don't get frustrated when it doesn't happen—sometimes, you just have to be patient. There is no way around the fact that you have to write thousands and thousands of words to become a great writer. You have to put more work into creating this content than anyone else. You're not challenging yourself amidst your impatience for something to happen with all of this work you do—no wonder you're not motivated to do the work itself. You're losing focus because you are impatient for some unknown outcome that has no relevance to the work you're supposed to do today. Get back to work and don't look up until you're done.

On teaching Your goal as a teacher is to lead, not to teach. (I should make that distinction because I know how much you can't stand a "teacher," a ruined term.) As a leader, are you there to be the center of attention? No. The mark of a great leader is their ability to yield to others and help people reach their goals. Make this your primary concern in all of the work you do. When you're writing, think about how you want to lead the reader to a better place. Or, if it's a story, you want to lead them to a certain emotion. If you're placed in front of a class, lead them to insight. Lead them to changed behaviors or thinking. That should be your goal above all else. This means that you are always second to the work—the goal—you strive to achieve. Always.

On variety Continue to expand your horizons in all that you read, watch, and hear. Having a closed mind leads nowhere, while being open to the strange and obscure will help you create the most unique network of knowledge you can. All of the dots may not connect today but they will later. Have faith in that and explore everything you can today. This also includes the classic pieces of literature and philosophy—when everyone turns away and to the "new," return to what is time-tested and place your mind there to study. In the meantime, as you delve into new subjects and genres for all that you consume, apply your new learnings. Create new networks of knowledge and give every new piece of information a friend. Never let your inner community become stagnant and isolated.