A lot of guys have come to me and asked me about figuring out what exactly it is that they want to do. They know that they want to be successful in some fashion, but they have no clue what exactly it is that they need to be working towards. This is a difficult thing to figure out. But the big thing that definitely isn’t going to help you figure it out is just sitting around and waiting for it to come to you.
You need to start reading and learning from others. Go out and join a sports team while you continue to hit up the gym. Start a community event and see if you are good at public speaking. Buy some tools and some wood and try to build something. By living life through experiences like this you will begin to learn what you are good at, but more importantly, what you enjoy. Most of the time, if you find something that you are good at, you will also like doing it as well. The reason for that is pretty simple. People enjoy stuff that they are good at. It just feels good.
While I wholeheartedly believe that focusing on a single thing is the way to bring in massive results in the long run, if you have no clue what to even focus on, clearly that is a bad strategy. Start spreading yourself out. One great way to start is to pick up books and start digesting as much information as you possibly can. Grab some books of all different types and start to develop a broad and lateral perspective that you can then call upon to help you determine what exactly it is that you need to start focusing on.
One of the worst things you can do is try to force yourself to get involved in something because everyone is doing it. If there is an amazing opportunity out there, but it just doesn’t jive well with your personality or style, don’t try to pursue it. Another thing is you have no clue what you are going to want to do for the rest of your life. The man that looks at you in the mirror today is a radically different man then what you saw five years ago, and it will be different from who you see in ten years. Even though I am focused on building out my main side hustles and businesses, I still take time every day to broaden my horizons by reading and trying things that I am not currently doing.
Start exploring and figuring out what exactly it is that you want to do. However, once you figure that thing out, you need to start drilling deep to learn everything that you possibly can. The whole idea here is course correction. See something that interests and excites you? Dive deeper and see if it is really something you could see yourself doing. I have a friend who tried to do what I do and he hated it. Instead he decided to pursue a completely different industry. He is content and fulfilled now. You don’t have to be like everyone else. Be your own man and figure out your own plan.
Also, don’t be afraid if you don’t have the “perfect” strategy or have everything figured out at first. Instead, you need to worry about gaining as much exposure as you possibly can. Start uncovering anything and everything you can find. As time progresses you will learn what works well for you and what doesn’t. You will learn if you work better alone, or with a large group of people. You will learn if you are more productive with creative tasks, or if logical tasks push you to your limit.
Don’t try to set your end goal in stone from the very beginning. Allow yourself a fair fighting chance by having the opportunity to pivot into a multitude of angles. Variation is going to be your friend, because through that you will be able to sense out what is going to push you to achieving the next level.
Another great thing that is going to happen for you long term by taking this multifaceted approach is that you will start to see similarities and opportunities to fill a void. Say you have been spending a lot of time learning physics and mechanical engineering on top of hitting the gym hard. Maybe you realize that there is a much better way to build fitness equipment. You just took your large knowledge base and assimilated it into a completely novel idea, which will now give you the chance to meld both of your interests into something that could become a true passion. You could even end up starting your own company to sell the best workout equipment the fitness community has ever seen.
One side note to be aware of and cautious of is the crowd mentality. It is a good idea to keep up with trends and where other people are moving. However, if you stick with the crowd without keeping your senses about you, you are not going to be able to develop your own mission and sense of direction. Bottom line, you want to watch trends to give you an idea of what could be valuable and what probably isn’t going to go anywhere. However, always keep your own creativity and ingenuity about you, because that is what is going to allow you to take your newly-acquired vast knowledge and apply it in a new way that will make a true different and allow you to reap massive results.
Don’t have a clue what your passion is? This is it. This answer is the best thing you are going to find. I have given this hours of thought and talked to multiple highly successful people about the same thing. It all comes down to experimenting as much as you possibly can and giving yourself the chance to pick up on something that excites you. If you don’t have a clue, start figuring out what it is by doing as much as you can in every area.