Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba (China's Amazon), said he wakes up and asks himself three things everyday.
- What do I have?
- What do I want?
- What am I willing to give up?
The last question is the most important and the one most people don't realize they should be asking. Most of the time, Ma says, people may take stock of what they have, and know what they want, but you are not willing to give up anything to get it.
By asking yourself what you are willing to give up to get something you want, you may realize you are not willing to give up something, and then you can accept that what you want is not important enough to give up anything.
Or, you may find that you are willing to give something up in order to get something else.