Everybody knows about goals.
It’s one of those things that we all know we should have.
But few people take the time to create them.
There’s plenty of studies that show those with goals tend to do better than those without.
A famous study of Harvard graduates detailed this.
They tracked a graduating class for a few decades.
The people who had written goals did much better than those who didn’t.
On one level, it makes perfect sense.
To be successful without goals means you have to get lucky.
Meaning you just kind of stumble forward, not really knowing what you are doing.
Funny thing is, that many people who are successful did just this.
They just kept moving forward.
They had a vague idea of what they were doing.
Maybe a certain kind of business idea.
Or musical or athletic talent.
They just followed their instincts, and they were driven forward by their rewards.
When athletes win a game, it feels good.
This good feeling motivates them to get better, so they can get more of that good feeling.
Similarly, those who enjoy massive business success followed the same strategy.
They create an invention, and make a little bit of money.
Making that money gives them a good feeling, which motivates.
They keep doing whatever they did, so they can keep inventing stuff and making money.
In reality, it’s impossible to NOT have goals.
It’s just that very few people take the process and move it up to the conscious level.
Most business, scientific, and artistic success stories all follow the same strategy.
They have a certain set of skills.
They express their skills and in return get a positive emotional feeling.
They realize (consciously or unconsciously) that improving their skills will get them more of that positive emotional feeling.
For them, the money they get is important, but only as a byproduct.
For them, the money is EVIDENCE that what they are doing is valuable to people.
It’s one thing to come up with a goofy invention in your garage.
It’s something else completely to get people eagerly handing over their money so you will build one for them.
In this situation, the money is EVIDENCE that your skills are valuable to the world.
That the world appreciates your time and effort and thinking.
This is exactly why we have so much stuff now, when only a few hundred years ago there was only the very basics.
To maximize your participation, it’s a matter of calibrating your mind.
Of finding that proper alignment between your skills, the needs of the world, and the stream of income that connects the two.