Today, we focus on comfort. I’m not talking about a blanket, but with our path in life. We have this pre-set plan that is laid out in front of us: from childhood to 18, you attend school, and then after that, college. Once you get your degree, you work a couple years, maybe go back for a masters degree, and then earn the “big bucks.” Once you start building your bank account, you marry a nice spouse, have 2 kids (1 boy, 1 girl), and begin the same cycle with them.
Without even realizing it, we exchange the idea of comfort for following a certain path that supposedly guarantees a good life. One that restricts us from stepping too far out on the limb of “chance” or “risk.”
I never agreed, ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to do something big. Something that would immediately have people think I’m crazy. To me attending high school to learn about the Roman empire was never enough.
At 16 I was known as the class clown in my school. I was the Indian kid in the class who never had the top scores, but I was #1 for brainstorming excuses on why my work wasn’t turned in or I was late to class. When I said I wanted to work with stars like Pitbull or Jay Sean to change the way they approach their fans and to take a new direction with social media, people thought I was out of my mind! And, it only made me want to pursue it more, just to prove myself wrong that I could even believe what they said one bit.
Within a month, I did it. I was able to grow record numbers on social media and take their social branding to the next level. Soon after, one of Billboard’s Power Player of 2014 even described me as the “Music Industry’s Social Media Guru.” Right then I learned that comfort is a friend of fear, and an enemy of dreaming big. When we dream within our comfort zone, we do not dream big enough.
If you aren’t pushing your limits and putting your mind to the test, you become stagnant, and that’s what the grave is for. We don’t live everyday to be stagnant, we live to #BeLimitless (cheezy, I know). But truth is, big dreams promote personal growth, and increase confidence once you conquer them.
Answer this: Is a Ferrari safer parked in the garage or driving down the highway?
The answer is obvious, but the more important question to ask is: What was the Ferrari really made for?
I’ve never heard of a car that was built solely to be parked, and I don’t think any of us were made to be “parked” comfortably all our lives, either.
Let us embrace the fact that the ride will be scary at times, but know you have what it takes to survive that ride. We’ve been given the power to do it.
One of my favorite examples of an entrepreneur making a huge move in the creative space (very, very risky) is Matt Steffanina. He took his passion for dancing (yes, not marketing or building an app), and has turned himself into a global dance icon. He has danced for everyone from Chris Brown to Taylor Swift to Justin Bieber, and now takes his talent to different communities worldwide.
So, there you have it. There’s no reason that you should ever limit yourself, follow a certain path, or always be “comfortable.”
If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.