Do What Makes You Happy

I recently started listening to the 10K Hours podcast put on by entrepreneur Grant Spanier and writer Vince Koci. In one of their early episodes, a statement was made about how there are an infinite number of “foo-foo” statements out there that are supposed to direct us toward a utopian lifestyle. The majority of these phrases are tossed aside due to their aforementioned “foo-foo-ness,” but one of the hosts held the belief that we need to embrace the “foo-foo-ness” regardless of the image it pervades.

As quickly as the topic was mentioned, the hosts ran back to the main topic of the day and never returned to this idea. However, I was stuck on it. My mind was going a mile a minute and I knew why.

Over the past five years, I have been injecting my mind with various motivational readings and videos, but for the most part, I continued to find myself back on YouTube listening to T.G.I.M by Eric Thomas. A champion of catch-phrase creation, ET brings a new edginess to these ideological calls to action.

His conviction stems from his past where he was a high school dropout and stuck on the streets eating out of trashcans. He found himself dealing with one of life’s most intimidating ultimatums, as a teenager nonetheless. He could choose to stay on the path of self-destruction or pick his head up, change his attitude, and discover his true worth. Long story short, this man now holds a Ph.D. and is giving motivational speeches to NFL teams and Fortune 500 companies for 50-100K smackers per gig.

Yeah, I think it’s safe to say he might be worth listening to.

Now, I don’t expect everyone to open up a new tab, listen to his words, and immediately fall in love. His style might not fit your persona and that is perfectly alright. The fact of the matter is that the premier motivators out there, whether they inspire us specifically with words or through another medium, all have a set of principles that guide their lives. Want to know what these principles all have in common?

When you embody a personal philosophy that keeps your battery charged indefinitely, you commit to a life of action.

They are dripping in “foo-fooery.” Completely vague and all-encompassing, they internalize these phrases to the highest degree. No matter how often we shake our heads and complain how implausible it is to claim these phrases are the secret to success, we remain stagnant and average while they are out and about touching millions of lives. So, what’s the lesson in all this?

Brush lettering by Morgan Wootten. Catch her on Instagram @morganwoo.

EMBRACE THE FOO-FOO! This very website is the result of tossing my pessimism to the side, putting my reputation on the line, and promoting my views for the world to see. Why? Because I just want to do what makes me happy. Nothing more, nothing less.

This ideology gets me up at the crack of dawn and keeps me running through the night. When you embody a personal philosophy that keeps your battery charged indefinitely, you commit to a life of action. The “if only” and “someday” attitudes of this world disappear and you begin to grow in immeasurable ways. However, the simple feeling of positivity and determination that’ll wrap around your heart will be undeniable.

Find your inspiration. Take whatever word, phrase, or prose that attracts you beyond a “like” or “retweet” and run with it. Don’t look back and don’t give up.

Let me know what motivates you in the comments below and if you have any questions feel free to message me personally.


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