maximizing human potential through Life's Most Powerful Question.

W.I.N. Wednesday: I haven't put in the time.

I have become a big fan of Impact Theory (www.impacttheory.com) where every week Tom Bilyeu (the cofounder of Quest Nutrition) interviews thought leaders and people who are making an impact in the world in a variety of ways. His final question in every interview is, “What is the impact you want to have on the world?”

I strive to listen to one interview from Impact Theory or Health Theory (same website) every day as part of my personal growth and development. I like Tom Bilyeu’s interviewing style and I always learn a great deal from his guests. 

One of my go to podcasts is Finding Mastery with Sports Psychologist Michael Gervais. Like Impact Theory I really like Gervais’ interviewing style and like Impact Theory he has some amazing guests on his show. 

A while back I listened to an interview Michael Gervais did with Tom Bilyeu to get a little deeper background and insights into Tom Bilyeu. During the interview Gervais asked Bilyeu about a topic Bilyeu had an interest in. I really liked Bilyeu’s answer and explanation. He said, “I don’t know enough about it to answer the question. I haven’t put in the time to fully understand that.” He went on to explain that “I haven’t put in the time” was a shift from the thinking earlier in his life that he was “not smart enough to learn that”.

Bilyeu is a huge advocate of the Growth Mindset based on Carol Dweck’s research on Fixed and Growth mindsets and of Grit based on Angela Lee Duckworth’s research into that area. 

So, what is the point of all this? We all have a set amount of time, focus and energy. You get to decide how to use that time and where to focus your studies and energy.  Just because you have an ‘interest’ in an area does not mean you are willing, or have to be willing, to commit the time and energy to learn about that topic at a deep level, and that is perfectly fine. There is a difference between your interests and your passions and priorities.  

You need to decide what is important to you in life, and who you want to become through the way you live your life. Once you gain that clarity on your true priorities, which requires a lot of work, then you can determine where to invest your focus, time and energy. 

What’s Important Now? Determine what is truly important in your life. Determine who you want to become. Accept that you can learn if you are willing to spend the time and energy. Do the hard work.

Take care.

Brian Willis



Maximizing human potential through Life's Most Powerful Question - What's Important Now?

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