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Follow Your Heart
In purple cow, we came across the story of the best baker in the world. Someone obsessed with remarkable.
The baker spent years mastering his craft, learning from his peers, experimenting with new techniques, reading hundreds of books on baking, and simply doing everything he could to become the best baker in the world.
In other words, the baker was following his calling. Your calling is where your heart is.
When you are following your heart, everything becomes so much easier. Work feels like play, challenges become stepping stones, and you are itching to spend more time on the process. It’s all just part of the infinite journey.
But there was another side to the story as well. The baker was also an entrepreneur. He wasn't just working in some bakery, doing what he was told. Had he done that, he would instead be spending his time baking the day's bread, attending daily bread meetings, and possibly even having his ideas dismissed as being "too risky." So, he took things into his own hands instead (well, technically, he inherited the bakery, but he was in charge and transformed it).
He combined his calling with the mindset of scale and turned it into a multi-million dollar operation. We've seen this over and over again in history. The combination of deep creativity combined with explosive scale. That’s pretty much every ground-breaking invention or innovative product out there. Next week's book review will cover a bunch more examples.
If you combine your calling with an entrepreneurial mindset, you can also become an unstoppable force of nature in your field. Over time, your creativity will be unmatched in the marketplace, and the rest of the world will be in awe.
Think of the baker's competition. They would just see the surface-level output and not realize the depths of the process involved. They might be able to replicate a particular bread but not get into the baker's mind. If he decided to come up with a new type of loaf, or a few of them, they would just be scratching their heads and playing catch up. That's innovation in a nutshell and how you move the world forward.
Calling here can mean many things. It doesn't have to be something you always wanted to do (although it might). It can be a combination of past experience (which gives you knowledge, speed, expertise) and future interests (which gives you passion, hunger, drive). Wrap these up in a product that scratches your own itch in the present, and you'll have the golden formula for turbo-charging your success.
It also doesn't matter whether you do it yourself, build a team, or enroll an AI to help you out. It's the vision that gets formed from your calling. It might even be something you fell into and now can't stop thinking about, just like the baker. It doesn't even matter how long it takes, or how long you spend on it. It’s just where things take off and the direction you can’t help but move in. And when that's done, you can move on to your next calling, whatever that might be, and take off there as well🚀.
So… What's your calling? Or better yet… What's calling you? 🏆
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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” - Steve Jobs