The Keys to Success #16: The Difference Between Who You Are And Who You Want To Be

And realising what it’s going to take to get there…

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This makes a lot of sense when you think about it logically, so let’s start there. Who are you? Literally ask yourself that question right now as you’re reading this. Say it in your head: who am I? Let it sit there for a moment, ponder on it and really focus deeply on the concept of who you are at this current and exact nanosecond in time. Is this question easily answerable to you? Does the answer jump out at you like a bullet from a gun? If so, good. You’re already on your way to winning. If not, then we have just discovered our first problem. And what’s the solution to this problem? I hear you ask. Well, don’t fret because the answer is simple. Or maybe you should fret because the process of execution based on that answer isn’t so simple. But, you know how the saying goes: nothing good comes easy. Although in this case, it’s more like: nothing great comes from sitting on your ass and scratching your genitals. (Mainly aimed at the dudes out there. But you know, ladies, I’m not one to judge. Whatever floats your boat I say. Or whatever scratches your itch best…)


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Let’s not get this all mixed up. When I say you have to realise who you are, I mean right now. Who are you right now? If the person you want to be is different to the person you are right now, then don’t get yourself worked up about it, that’s all part of life. You aren’t losing if you aren’t the person you want to be just yet, you’re only losing if you aren’t working on transitioning from the person you are now to becoming that person. That is the intangible step in this process.

And that is also the biggest difference and the main reason I’m currently writing this article. I find a good way to think of it is to consider yourself now as the person who is working towards coming the person they want to be. That’s how I view it. I view myself as the man who is currently working on becoming the best Goddamned writer and editor this world has ever seen. Now obviously that is exaggerated to the moon and beyond, but you get what I mean. Aim big and work for it, that’s what I believe in.


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My advice to you is to start each day sitting on the edge of your bed, whilst your early morning alarm is still ringing around the inside of your head like that annoying buzzing fly who is incapable of finding the window it flew in through, and just take a minute or two to think about who you want to be.

People don’t get it sometimes. They wonder how I stay so motivated and how I continue to work towards my goals each and every day. But they don’t understand. It’s not some sort of magic formula or source of motivation, it’s simply because I have discovered something I am deeply passionate about and know that in order to get there, I’m going to have to put in the work necessary. If you haven’t discovered something that makes you want to get up early and get to work each and every day, then you haven’t discovered your true calling in life.

I know I’m not going to get to where I want to be sitting on my ass and praying it will happen, bitching and moaning because this part of life got in the way or that part of life got in the way, or I don’t have this or this doesn’t work for me. So knowing all of that, why would I then do it? I don’t. I get up each day, tell myself who I am currently and who I want to become, and then the day becomes nothing more than another step in the right direction. Another step closer to actually becoming the person I want to be.

And discovering yourself, and starting each day as if you’re on a motherfucking mission, that certainly makes for some:

Happy writing!

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