“Take a good hard look at people’s ruling principal. Especially of wise, what they run away from and what they seek out.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.38
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Write down the principals that rule your own life. Become self-aware and see yourself with an honest lens. Before you can start changing things around in your life you must take inventory first. Identifying the problem then solving it is typically the logical and most effective sequence of action.
Now start to study people you respect. There is something to learn from every single person. Study both ends of the spectrum, people you most want to be like and people you could never imagine yourself like. Study people not native to your country.
Be sure to seek people out who’s actions match their aspirations and are most happy.
Ask yourself questions like: What are these people doing consistently? Is there a certain way in which they do things? How do they view the world on a meta level? How do they treat strangers or people they know best? What are they doing for a living? How did they get to where they are?
Carry a journal with you to write down your observations and ideas.
The idea is to get as many different perspectives as possible so you can better refine your own perspective. Along the way, you will begin to see some clear common threads strung throughout these people, no matter how different they may be. Distil those commonalities and emulate them.
Observing all kinds of people and learning what makes them tick is one of the most powerful habits to obtain.
Figure out for yourself why someone you knew did go to the grave with the song still in them. Really justify it so you can better take action to fulfill your wildest dreams.
“The best way to improve the world is to improve yourself. Sweep your own front porch.”