“The more you know what you really want, and where you’re really going, the more what everybody else is doing starts to diminish.” – Alain de Botton
There’s a lot of power in this quote. It ties into something I’ve written extensively about called the Herd Doctrine.
When you are uncertain about your life’s path, you lack clarity. When you lack clarity, you find yourself on someone else’s path, pursuing their dreams, their goals and their ideas of a meaningful life. The voices of others, the noise of everyday life and the multitude of modern-day distractions (Facebook, Twitter, TV, etc.) overpower your senses and your ability to pursue your own path in life.
The true path to a successful, wealthy and fulfilling life is finding your purpose, pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals, not someone else’s. It’s not an easy thing to do because, in the beginning, you will be susceptible to the negative opinions, negative ideas and negative voices of others. But, as you take action on your dreams and your goals, you gain clarity of purpose and find your footing.
The moment you realize you are on the right path in life, all of the noise goes away. You no longer hear those negative opinions, ideas and voices. They fade away. All you hear is your inner voice encouraging you, prompting you and motivating you to keep on moving forward in order to realize your dreams and achieve your goals. Clarity of purpose eliminates all distractions.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”