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10,000 Hours to Living on Purpose

Editor’s Note: It’s not often that I get a review request I can’t refuse, but this was definitely one of them. Jacob Sokol of Sensophy offered to let me share an excerpt from his new guide, Living on Purpose – An Uncommon Guide to Finding, Living, and Rocking Your Life’s Purpose and created this great video intro for it! I hope you enjoy it!

Living on Purpose

10,000 Hours, an excerpt from Living on Purpose

“You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever–because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”
-Steve Jobs

What I’ve experienced is that taking on a new direction in life can be as scary as Satan’s breath. It’s intimidating to think about “starting over” in a new field where things are much less certain. I mean, when I look at my life now, I’m a fulltime writer and I’ve never even taken a writing class in my life. Not only that, it wasn’t like I’ve been writing pen-pal letters to people in Persia for the last 20 years. It’s something I just noticed I liked, noticed I was good at, and decided I wanted to do more of.

It’s especially scary when you leave behind something you ROCK at. Walking away from
what you make money at to do something you love is a big leap because you’re not gonna start out as Picasso. You’re gonna start out as Peligro. (You see, you’ve never heard of that dude.)

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embark on a new journey. If it makes you come alive, and a fire lights in your soul at the prospect of pursuing this passion, then don’t be discouraged. Know that the road will require a ton of traction, and sometimes you might get a flat tire, and it sucks when the air spits out uncontrollably, and you may feel like shit on the side of the road while everyone else is zipping along, but that’s the phenomenon called LIFE. Sometimes you’ll ride her like a rodeo, and sometimes the best thing to do is be still and breathe. Whatever the moment calls for, you’re gonna have to learn to adapt. It’s the hero’s journey.

The dope thing is that if you’re doing something you’re truly passionate about, and it’s something that makes you come alive, and it’s something that you light up at the idea of indulging in — then what’s the rush to be the best?

Here’s something that’s helped me out a lot in the last few years when things seemed intimidating. It’s the concept of 10,000 hours.