Are You Sitting on Your Golden Ticket?
Are You Sitting on Your Golden Ticket?
What is your “golden ticket”? I bet you have one, and I’m also willing to bet that you know what it is… so then why are you SITTING ON IT!?
Our golden ticket is the one thing we are GREAT AT. The one thing we love. Maybe even the one thing we devote our time and energy to, but might not make any money from, yet. It’s the thing that we secretly (or openly) are crafting, hustling towards and dreaming of.
For me, its teaching people how to change their life and live their dream, through live events around the world, TV/Film, coaching and books. That is my THING. It’s my passion. It’s what I did for years before it paid me a penny. It’s what I’d still do for free if I could. It’s what I obsess over, dream about and hustle on every single day for the past seven years. It’s what I did nights and weekends while holding down a full-time job from 2010-2017. It’s given me the greatest highs of my life, and broken my heart more times then I can count. It’s what I am meant to do. It’s the only thing I’ve ever really been good at, and -this probably sounds cocky- but I’m fucking great at it. It fills me up in ways I never dreamed a job could. It’s not a job, it’s who I am. It is my Golden Ticket.
It’s the ONE thing that I do better than anyone else, because it’s uniquely mine. Therefore it’s the only thing that will one day allow me to achieve wealth.
I was pretty good at corporate sales, but a career in that field (even as an executive) was never going to make me a millionaire. That wasn’t an option on the table. It was the safe career, and even the good career choice. One I’d worked years to achieve, but it was NOT my golden ticket.
I see so many people out there who are brilliantly amazing at the thing they love, but they are afraid to bet on themselves. They allow fear to prevent them from just stepping up and cashing in their ticket. Fear is a nasty little bitch. It has a purpose of course, it helps us vet our decisions wisely, forcing us to look at both sides of the coin. But that’s how you should use and control fear. If you allow it to make your decisions you have already failed. Forget “fear of failure,” not taking action is the ONLY definition of failure. Because the ONLY way you can possibly fail is if you do nothing.
If you sit on your ticket, choosing to do nothing, then you’ve failed.
So then, any action you take in the direction of your dream, is success. It doesn’t matter if you don’t reach your ultimate goal right away, the fact that you are out there doing it AT ALL is success. If you begin to see this, then you realize that even if the worst case scenario happens (ie. you use all your savings trying, or you don’t make the team, or your book is rejected, or your business closes) even then, you have succeeded. Because you got in the game. You took the ticket that the Universe gave you, (your true passion and talent) and said; “I will not waste this gift. I will do everything in my power to realize my potential and use this ticket.” You are part of the very small minority who actually recognize their gift and did something about it, you can not fail.
If it’s fear of what others will think, that holds you back, remember they are the larger part of the population that will never use their ticket. No one can diminish your effort, your bravery or the success that you will see from taking action. They can’t take that from you, no matter what the final outcome is.
Those are the worst case scenarios, and still you WIN.
So what if this happened? What if you were the 5% that struck it big in your given field. What do those top 5% make a year? Do you know? If you don’t, stop reading this right now and Google it! You should know what you are working towards. And why can’t it be you? This is your THING right? It’s the one thing your better at than anything else, and plus you love it. So fuck what the haters say, that 5% is YOU.
Now look at the pros and cons of going after your dream.
The cons: you might go broke trying. OK, and? Lot’s of people are broke and still breathing. Money can be re-earned. You can always go back to whatever crap job you had before and make whatever money you made before. You’d live.
The pros: YOU COULD STRIKE IT RICH DOING WHAT YOU LOVE! You could get paid to do what you LOVE. You could do what you love for the rest of your life. You could make a difference in the world, in someones life.
How is this not a risk worth taking?
I say all of this, knowing first hand how hard it is to live it in real life. It is not easy to “trust the process.” I’ve not had a salary since I parted ways with my corporate job in February. The moment that happened I promised myself that I’d never work for anyone again. It was the push from the Universe that I needed to do what I love full-time. I knew instantly that it was my signal and that if I willingly chose to ignore it and just go back to that career, that I’d be slapping the Universe in the face and tearing up my ticket. Once that decision was made, and set in stone, the rest became semantics.
And doors began to open!
It’s scary as shit, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But failure is NOT how I roll. I may or may not become wealthy doing what I love, but to sit on my ass keeping that ticket warm would be irresponsible. So to all of you out there sitting on your dream because you feel like it’s the “responsible” thing to do…it’s like ripping up your potentially winning lottery ticket before the drawing, because someone told you the odds of winning weren’t in your favor. Crazy right? Giving up on your dream, or not pursuing it with all your heart is just as nuts.
Doing what you love, because you love it, has been proven to equal monitory success over the long-run. Don’t let your short-run negative bank balance determine your future net worth.
FIND. A. WAY.
I wrote a whole chapter on this with tips and tools for how you can discover your golden ticket in my book All the Things I Wish I Knew.