Be like Neo in The Matrix.
You’re probably wondering what I’m on about or perhaps even what drugs I have been taking; but I assure you that I’m clean.
For those of you who have seen The Matrix, cast your mind back to the scene where Neo first meets Trinity and remember what she says to him: “I know what you’ve been doing. I know why you hardly sleep, why you live alone and why night after night you sit at your computer. I know because I was once looking for the same thing.”
If you’re in the know, you’ll also remember that Neo has to go out and find The Matrix. It doesn’t just come to him. Therein lies my point.
Like Neo, I made all the same mistakes. I kept myself awake all night unable to sleep because of the stress I was facing internally. I locked myself away and stared at a computer screen. Before long countless hours and days were wasted. I had lost my sense of purpose and was desperately seeking answers. What I eventually discovered was that, all-knowing as it may seem to be, the Internet does not hold all the answers to life’s secrets.
If you seek opportunities only over a computer screen you will likely be very disappointed. Opportunities start with people. The internet may be a means of connecting people, but it is still important to go out and meet others face to face.
I’m an introvert and I crave alone time. Without it I can become quite savage. Nonetheless social interaction is important. Shutting myself away had an impact on my relationships with both family and friends. I spent the time seeking opportunities and jobs, when I could face it. The rest of the time was spent drowning myself with procrastination. Underneath it I was very, very unhappy.
Your Matrix is out there, whatever it is: the thing that will open your eyes and help you live life to your full potential. Your Matrix might simply be acquiring a new attitude toward life, which was the case for me. It might be the right job, a new friendship or romance, and anything else in between. But you can’t wait for it to come to you. So go out there and get it.