“Become exceptional at your job.” Cal Newport, a writer and assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University, says, “The path to a passionate life is a complicated path. It’s not as easy as follow your passion.” His rule for making this happen: work hard to get good at something that is rare and valuable (become exceptional) and then use it as leverage, like a currency, to trade it for the traits that give you a remarkable life.
Now is the time. In the words of Chris Brogan, a digital community specialist and blogger, “It is not who you say you are, it is what you do.” The idea that you have to research and know everything about something before you can get started is not necessary; it is our way of holding ourselves back. Instead, embrace your weirdness — “You will succeed the weirder you are.” When you do things, you defy the idea that you can’t.