Success Is a By-Product of Curiosity
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What if - what if - success wasn't something you could aim at directly, but was rather the end result of you pursuing the things you're curious about?
When you're curious about something, no one had to push you to do the thing. You don't have to assign yourself tasks, or set aside certain hours to practice; you just do the thing because you love it, are fascinated by it, couldn't imagine what else you would do with your time if you didn't do the thing.
You research, think about, talk about, write about the thing. Because you want to.
Which means that inevitably, with time, you'll just keep getting better at the thing until you become so good they can't ignore you.
That's how you achieve success.
(See? So easy...)
Now wild success (think Steve Jobs and Apple, or Elon Musk and his slow take-over of the entire world) goes beyond curiosity, and is actually a by-product of obsession; obsession with pursuing a certain subject or trying to solve a particular problem, coupled with a constant desire to iterate and re-iterate to perfection and beyond.
You can only become wildly successful if you're kind of obsessed.
And you can only ever be obsessed by focusing on something you're super interested in.
SUCCESS = Pursuing your curiosities.
WILD SUCCESS = Becoming obsessed with your curiosities.
To ask yourself "How can I become a success?" isn't the right question.
Instead ask yourself "What am I curious about?"
That's your starting place.
The first step—perhaps the most enormous step—is to find what you are genuinely interested in.
If you are genuinely interested, you will discover endless opportunities for improvement. But if you are disinterested, even obvious improvements will feel like a chore.
And, if you can maintain your genuine interest and curiosity as the years accumulate, you will become hard to compete with because you will have skill to go with your passion.
If you're interested, you're dangerous.
Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.
Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge.
Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.