If there’s one thing I’ve realized recently it’s this: When you really want something, you’ll make it happen. Probably not as you expected, but it’ll happen.
I’m not saying not something cheesy like: “I really want a Ferrari. I still haven’t gotten it.”. But if you are, every day, thinking about it, working towards it, understanding how to be more efficient in this path, etc, it becomes inevitable. The big day will eventually come: when luck appears, when the intersection of preparation and chance happens – you are prepared, in the right place, at the right moment.
This reminds me of a quote from “The War of Art”, a book I’m reading right now:
“The most important thing about art is to work.
Why is this so important?
Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.
(…) When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete. Just as Resistance has its seat in hell, so Creation has its home in heaven. And it’s not just a witness, but an eager and active ally.”
I’m an agnostic. I don’t know if those forces exist, what are they, or anything else, but whatever! It works! That’s all that matters for me.
Here’s how it became clear to me: I had received a scholarship to attend a FEE seminar in the US. This experience would completely change my life.
So I went to Austin, Texas. It was June 2016.
Before that, I had been living a burn out for one year or so. I would research (and apply what I learned!) about purpose, self-knowledge, productivity, organization, self-development, etc, every single day.
The seminar was called “Economics of Entrepreneurship”. It was 4-days long, full of lectures, activities, discussions and social interactions, regarding, more specifically, what are the economic effects of entrepreneurship and why it is the most efficient tool for social change.
By the end of that experience, I felt like a new world of possibilities had opened itself up right in front of me. It was my turn to be lucky: I was prepared, in the right place, at the right moment.
A quick explanation of how social change happens
During these 4 days, I started to understand the futility of reform – you shouldn’t try to reform things, but to create better alternatives. I started to see that we are not screwed because candidate X or Y won the election, but because of how we allowed it become important in our lives. These are all excuses – although good excuses – for not holding ourselves accountable. For not feeling overwhelmed with self-ownership.
Anyway, I could start to discern an effective path towards a freer society. Massive change isn’t created by politics, but by the change of people’s beliefs. And that’s only achieved in large scale through ideas or experiences.
I had been working on reaching people with ideas about liberty – approaching especially with economics and philosophy explanations – through Students for Liberty. That’s even how I got to know this seminar. I understand that’s a good way, but it’s not the most effective to create change.
I’m going to steal an awesome example from Isaac Morehouse’s book “The Future of School” (which you can download for free right here), which goes like that:
Is your mother willing to understand the theory of an anarchist society, the spontaneous order, and other philosophical or economic concepts? Mine isn’t.
But what if she could experience it? That’s what happened with Uber and state-regulated taxi cartels. If she realizes by her own experience, that the option provided by this private service called Uber is way better (and cheaper!) than taxis, if something threatens Uber, she’ll defend it. Not because of the immorality of the state and cartels, but because it’s better!
And what does it have to do with my life?
As most millennials, I feel the urge to change the world and to have a purpose. And as “one reflects more when traveling alone”, at that time I had started to believe that the provision of alternatives to the state (so people can experiment and discover by themselves how unnecessary and prejudicial the state is), is the best way to make the world freer and more prosperous. If I were to be authentic, there was my life mission: to empower purposeful entrepreneurial businesses and people (or to comply to a Praxis motto: to criticize by creating).
So I did it. Not only have I quit my corporate job after that, but I’ve taken my first step in this entrepreneurial journey: I joined (the already referred) Praxis, a program that is composed of extremely driven individuals with similar goals.
But change is hard.
How did I transform my whole life and purpose in 4 days?
I explain it in the next part of the article. Click here to read it.