Lately, I’ve been asking people questions that some would consider strange conversation pieces.
- If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
- If you could choose three people to have dinner with, dead or alive, who would they be an why?
- If whatever you tried was guaranteed to succeed, where would you be in ten years?
Most of the answers I’ve gotten for question #1 have included things like, “I would see my family,” or “I would travel somewhere cool.” While in Oregon, I asked a man question #1 and he said that he would eat as much ice cream and desert as he wanted. When I asked why, he explained that he is diabetic and can’t have ice cream. Hey, if you knew you were going to die, why not consume copious amounts of the closest thing to happiness on the planet?
As for question #2, people that I have talked to have mentioned Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Joseph Smith, FDR, and others.
Asking the third question has opened my eyes to the dreams of people. When you are given a guarantee of success, you are most likely going to say what you really want, not what you think is realistic. For example, I learned that Jacob wants to unlock the secrets of the universe using physics, Nathan wants to be a concert pianist, and Janelle wants to be a surgeon.
While asking these questions, I have wondered what I would say if someone asked me.
- If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, I would visit or call everyone who has made an impact on my life and tell them what they have meant to me.
- The three people I would want to have dinner with (not all together, but separately) are: Elon Musk, Ryan Daniel Moran (or Austen Allred, it’s a tough pick), and Joseph Smith.
- If I was guaranteed success, in ten years I will be…
Okay, so I don’t have an answer for question 3, but I’m working to figure it out.
The past two days have been full.
First, I have discovered Capitalism.com and Freedom Fast Lane, both created by Ryan Daniel Moran. I have watched and listened to a lot of Freedom Fast Lane in the past 48 hours, and it has renewed my enthusiasm and motivation to start a business and scale it to a multi-million dollar company. That will have to wait for two years.
One thing that I admire about Ryan Daniel Moran is his public goal of some day owning the Cleveland Indians. The Freedom Fast Lane podcast even begins with, “…and now your host, the future owner of the Cleveland Indians, Ryan Daniel Moran.”
Here’s how he’ll do it:
Today, I finished So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport. The premise of the book was that “following your passion” is a myth and doesn’t lead to success or happiness. Passions are not buried deep down, waiting to be discovered. Rather, it is better to obtain skills that will allow you to do quality work—only then will you realize what your “passion” is. The skills that you acquire are known as career capital. The key to a successful career and a happy life involves using your career capital to obtain freedom in your work and associating your work with a mission.
I also learned how awful colleges are at existing. Because I will be gone for two years on a mission, I had to defer my admission and scholarship to Utah Valley University. The process ended up being unnecessarily complicated and frustrating.
I mean, the website is written in 9 point font. Who decided this was okay?
This is why we need entrepreneurs—to solve problems like higher education.