It would have been an ordinary day, except on this day, a humble flight of stairs became the catalyst for a life altering decision.
What separated this particular day’s walk up some steps from any other day, I’m not sure. Perhaps It was a particularly stressful day at work or at home. Or maybe It had been awhile since he actually took the steps instead of an elevator. Fat, newly 40, and fearful of dying prematurely of a heart attack, Rich Roll decided to make a major change.
You’ve probably heard Rich’s story before, becoming vegan, teaching his body to get back to running, swimming and moving again. “Two years later, 50 pounds lighter, and fueled by nothing but plants, he surprised the triathlon & ultra communities by not only becoming the first vegan to complete the 320-mile über-endurance event, but by finishing in the top 10 males (3rd fastest American) with the 2nd fastest swim split — all despite having never previously completed even a half-ironman distance triathlon.”
Rich chose health.
Specifically, he chose plant-based food and ultra endurance.
Now he’s gone well beyond his origin story. He’s a bestselling author, speaker, and his podcast The Rich Roll podcast is a top rank podcast that features high performing guests from all types of industries.
This is just one example of choosing a pursuit, working towards mastery and finding success, and eventually branching to other areas they are also interested in.
What’s Your Thing?
I’ve been struggling to identify whether or not it is better to focus on one thing at a time versus focusing on many things?
For me, it’s less about choosing specificity over multi-disciplinary, and more about finding a better way to become a multi-disciplinary.
Is it better to focus on one thing, get really good at it, and build upon that skill with other skills that interest me?
No matter how you slice it, there’s only so much time you can give to your craft/crafts in a day. And don’t forget about time with family, friends, sleeping, eating, and possibly even working if your pursuit is not your job.
Time for writing takes away time you could be practicing guitar, or work on your acting skills… etc. With that being said, priority is essential to progress
And there’s also a meta layer of all this of me wanting to make Renaissance Life relevant and appealing to people like me. Renaissance is about creativity, mastery and the art of changing and reinventing your life, but is that too broad for people to connect with?
Is my audience not well defined enough yet, or does my marketing need some work? (Probably a little bit of both)
I don’t have an any of these questions answer yet.
The best I can come up with right now is one idea and a question:
Build a strong foundation of meta-skills that help improve your performance in all areas (sales, marketing, writing, connecting, etc).
Stick with 1 to 3 things your working on, but create a regularly scheduled assessment of your progress. The last thing we want to do is spend all of our time juggling a thousand things and never making traction on any of them
What are you willing to give up? Or put another way, if you know the general direction you want to go, what are things that are distracting you that you need to say no to?
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner