We had plans who we wanted to become when we were children. I wanted to be a pilot, a surgeon, Jesus (don’t ask) and German Chancellor. Suddenly, life takes over. Energy is used to manage life and you become more focused on incrementally improving what exists than creating something that doesn’t exist at all.

And, then you lose sight of exactly who you want to be. It becomes a story to tell your friends (“Can you imagine, I wanted to be surgeon at one point?”) Another beer and you forget about it. You stall.

That’s a nagging realization I’ve been dealing with for a while. And you ask yourself: Is this the best I can be? Or, is there a better me that I want to become?

Life becomes so much easier once you know who you want to be. You can craft a plan, make choices who to meet, what you need to learn, what skills you might have to perfect.

You have a problem when you don’t know who you want to be. You are just floating, relying on fate and luck. You will get by, you might even be successful. But you are never going to become who you want to be if you don’t deal with the constant push, the constant resistance. You might want the world to work a certain way but the world is strong and will push back. And you need to keep going, no matter what. I guarantee you will give up if you are uncertain who you want to be.

Here’s a secret I want to share with you: You will grow older (if you’re lucky and healthy), over time you will become irrelevant, your views outdated, you will die and you will be forgotten.

That’s the plan of the universe.

What is your plan?

Vernon Johns said: “You should avoid hedging, at least that’s what I think. You should be ashamed to die until you’ve made some contribution to mankind.”

Let’s get to it.