This year has been a strange one. It seems to me like the quickest year so far. Thinking back to last year I’ve noticed I’ve made a lot of changes in my life this year like;
- Creating Modest Dragon
- Trading stock markets and commodities
- Reading everyday
- Creating goals
- Waking up before 6 am daily
- Meditating everyday
- Controlling my thoughts and emotions
- Turning vegetarian (I still have no idea why I did this; I’ve been a meat eater my whole life and I used to love chicken and meat. All of a sudden, I had an urge to stop eating meat, so I went with it and weirdly I actually enjoy being a vegetarian more).
- Donating to charities
These are just a few of the things that I definitely wasn’t doing last year. In fact I was a completely different person altogether. A lot of people regularly tell me I have changed in some way. I’ve been thinking about why/how these changes have come about. One of the main reasons I can think of is, I have started to do what I enjoy.
I’ve found that everything listed above I really enjoy doing. That might sound strange, but if you think about it, many people do things out of habit and they don’t even enjoy it.
Some people have got stuck in their ways (like I was previously) which then keeps them doing the same things. So they don’t even know what they enjoy anymore. Breaking free of old habits is a life changing experience.
What I used to do for fun was things like go out partying, hang out with friends and have a drink, watch TV etc. However, I wasn’t getting any pleasure out of these things that I apparently thought were “fun”. It’s strange how certain sentences you read or hear can have an impact on your life.
One of the sentences I read that had a huge impact on me on a subconscious level was from Bruce Lee. I can’t remember where I read it; it was most likely online somewhere (it definitely wasn’t in a book because I never used to read books). The sentence was;
“Don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.”
I carried that sentence in my mind ever since. Since then I haven’t wasted any time doing things that are not of any importance to me.
Start Doing Things you Enjoy;
By this I mean, doing what you really enjoy and not what you think you enjoy. It may mean that you have to stop everything you are currently doing to find out what you really enjoy.
I believe everyone has a purpose in life, and when you can find that purpose and work on it, it will change your life for good. Usually, the purpose will have to do with something you are very passionate about or it could be unrealized yet.
If you don’t know it yet, I think you should take the time to explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions and passions to find it. If you haven’t already taken the time to explore yourself, you’ll be surprised what you may find.
I know that most of us have commitments like work etc. It can be hard to find the time to do something outside of work, but the key word there is hard. Not impossible. And when you do something that’s hard often enough, what happens? It becomes easy.
If you asked me a year ago about starting a website I would have said to you,”I don’t have the time.” Aside from that, I didn’t have the slightest idea how to. However, what I do have is a passion for helping people and sharing my experience; which was stronger than the excuses I had.
So, I took the jump, I gained the knowledge I needed to; and all of a sudden I found “the time”. And I’ve enjoyed every second of the Modest Dragon process. From the all-nighters I’ve done learning how to build a website, writing posts, to doing SEO for the site.
The whole process has shown me things about myself that I never knew. I realized a dormant ability in me to dedicate myself to something other than training and martial arts. From the rolling momentum of creating the website, I realized more of my capabilities. I was always curious about stock trading, but I never had a clue about how to trade.
I applied the same principles I did with starting Modest Dragon. I read and learned as much information that I could get my hands on. I realized that it was something I could do well, if I had the discipline to learn.
So I did, and ever since then I’ve been trading and enjoying every second of it . To me, trading is pretty similar to a boxing match (that’s why I enjoy it so much). You have to plan and calculate every move. Judging what’s happening from the stock charts is similar to judging your opponents body language.
It shows you what might happen next and you have to be ready to counter that movement. Make the wrong decision and it could be lights out, so you have to be cautious, yet you have to be ready to capatalize when you spot the chance.
As it’s been going very well for me, does this mean that I’ve stopped reading and learning once I started trading? Definitely not. As Bruce Lee said,
“Be happy, but not content.”
I’m happy with what I’ve learned and applied so far, but there’s always more to learn and always more improvement to be made. You can never stop getting better at something.
Working on your passion in your spare time will yield you awesome results. The sad thing is most people are in jobs that they don’t like. That can be crushing within itself. Your job is a huge part of your life and if you dread going to work every morning, imagine the quality of life that will lead to.
Money is a significant issue in today’s world. People say ‘money isn’t everything’ and I totally agree, but it certainly gives you freedom of choice. That’s why many people are stuck in a job and see no way out because they need the money. From all the philosophical books I’ve read, there is one profound sentence that stands above the rest.
“The only way out is in.”
That is a Sanskrit saying said to be written hundreds of years ago. It applies to a lot of things particually what I’ve been talking about in this post. Search inside yourself for what you really enjoy. Find out what you truly want.
What’s your passion? Figure out what strengths you have and what weaknesses you have. You may find that some weaknesses are things like, you lack motivation or you don’t have enough knowledge. Whatever you find can be changed.
You can then spend a little time working on your passion every day. If you want to do something but don’t know how, don’t worry about it. The ‘how’s’ are unimportant right now, just find out what it is you want to do first. Spend time strengthening your weak areas and developing your strengths.
Learn a little everyday about what it is you want to do and aquire the ‘how’ knowledge. We live in a golden era right now. In the whole of history, never have people had chances like we have today.
Not long ago, people would have to travel to aquire certain knowledge they wanted to learn. And even then the knowledge was limited from just one source.
We very fortunate to have things like the internet; where we can access any knowledge from the comfort of our own house and get different takes on that knowledge from multiple sources. We all should make the most out of this oppertunity as possible.
The key is taking the time out of your busy life and old habits to do it. Replace the old habits that don’t get you anywhere with new productive ones.
‘People, who love that they do, never work a day in their lives.’
You may work very hard at work, but do you work hard on yourself? That is what will lead you to accomplish the things in life that mean the most to you.
Whether it’s to build muscle, burn fat, start a business or become a professional athlete; whatever it may be. Take time out every day to work on it. Just one small step every day will get you further than you think. Once you have built up momentum, you will soon be striding at full speed towards your goal. Remember,
“Knowledge is a treasure, and practice is the key to it.”- Lou-Tzu.
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