Focus. Now, What’s The Lesson You’re Not Learning?

If you want to get to the next level, you’ll have to crack that nut open.

Maya Sayvanova


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I’ve given up many things in my life.

A few great job opportunities working in crowded, modern-day offices, breathing air-con air.

A few trips that I should’ve taken, mostly to countries that require additional vaccines.

A coaching business and a copywriting business that I ran from my dining table or the Costa nearby.

Always with the idea to keep going; to reach the next level.

Whenever something made me “unhappy,” I left it behind and looked for something better. Then I’d convince myself that whatever came next was better.

You can always convince yourself of anything.

It’s how our brains work. They’re there to make us the good guy, and they’ll justify anything for you. Some people’s brains justify murder.

I gave up, and I gave up, and I even wrote an article about how successful people give up things, and it got 80K views.

I thought I was giving up things because I was “better than that.”

Oh, the hell with the corporate career; I’ll start a business.

Oh, the hell with the business and the clients, I’ll start sharing my brilliant ideas on Medium, and people will throw cash on me.

Oh, the hell with Medium; I’ll write a novel and be the next Lee freaking Child.

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool others.” Richard Feynman on how scientists become enamored of their own findings and theories.

My wake-up call was entirely money-based.

One day, I realized almost all my close friends were richer than I was. More successful than I was. And they knew much more about business, money, and life than I knew.

Sure, we’re all on our different roads.



Maya Sayvanova

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