An actionable question to change your life

Think of life as two week goals and six month projects.

After I heard that concept, I didn’t do much with it. I wrote it down in my Evernote tab and forgot about it.

Then, a few weeks ago, in an interview with Peter Thiel an actionable question popped up.

If I could become world class at a half dozen to a dozen skills in six months, what would they be?

Get out a piece of paper right now and answer that question. It’ll take two seconds, and it’s a look at yourself to see the breadth of your interest.

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Okay – that’s fantastic. I hope you’ve done it because here’s the really, really fucking important part. You’ve got your list in front of you, right?

Over the next couple days, pick one. Pick a focus of yours that you’re going to have for six months.

But six months is a long time! That’s very true. But it’s going to pass anyway, and if you don’t make a commitment here and now, it’s going to pass and instead of knowing how to surf by the end of those six months, you’ll be able to recite every episode of Parks and Rec. Or you’ll be able to talk to someone about what’s going on in Game of Thrones. Or whatever the bumble-fuck.

But what if one and two months in I realize it’s not for me? If you get sick of after a week, it shouldn’t have been on that list. Anything you write down on that list should be a subject of sufficient depth you can delve into it easily for six months.

And you don’t have to be restrictive over those six months – you can still interest yourself with two week goals.

Some fun things: get a sleep tracking app and analyze for the next fortnight what the best amount of time for you to take a nap is. Try a novel ab workout in the morning six days a week and see the results at the end of the two weeks.

Adopt what is useful, discard what is useless.

 

There’s a study out there that says it takes roughly six times before you don’t really hate doing something difficult. Commit to at least those six.

Set weekly goals that are easily attainable. Sure, something like write a fifty word post is simple. But we need that confidence boost that comes with crushing it in the beginning.

And whatever you do, don’t try something for three or four weeks and get bored. We all get bored – the people who are actually good at these things aren’t superhuman: they’re the most persistent. The things you have written on your list should be things you’re dying to try anyway. If you’re dying to try it, commit for six months. Make it your life.

At the end of the six months, you’ll be better at the skill than most people in the world, have made a network of friends, and can move onto another skill you want to conquer while still enjoying the pleasure that comes from doing something you’re really good at.

And on top of that, I guarantee you that somewhere along the line of learning new skills you’ll realize that not only are you actually a natural at something, but you fucking love doing it too.

And that’s when life paths can shift.

 

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