For all our potential, we have our limitations. We can only take in a fraction of the world at a time. We filter out most of what’s out there, we simplify and limit our experience so that we can cope with the overwhelming complexity of any given moment in our lives.
But how do you decide what to filter out? Well, much of it has to do with the goals and principles you set for yourself. What do you want to accomplish? What do you care about? Your answers determine what you pay attention to, what you notice and what you devote energy to.
It’s absolutely essential to know yourself, and to figure out exactly what you want. The chances of you randomly stumbling upon success or happiness are very close to 0.