Why I’m Going 100% All-In On One Thing
Let's play a game. Name the first word that pops into your head after I say: Declan Wilson.
If handsome or dapper didn’t come to mind, the most likely result was Millennial.
That’s because for the past three and a half years, I’ve hidden behind this Millennial label I developed with my millennialtype.com blog and have been too afraid to move past it.
But today, I officially make public something I’ve struggled to accept: I can’t hold onto Millennial Type forever, I’m moving on.
Don’t get me wrong, Millennial Type was good to me. It helped me meet amazing young (and old) people just as passionate as me about building the life they want. It gave me space to share my journey from a 9-to-5 to self-employment. It launched my book. It announced the birth of my son to the world. It opened up opportunities to appear on podcasts, write for other blogs, and even once appear on a real radio show.
So yeah, Millennial Type and I had a good thing going.
But just like in life, it’s okay to give up something good, to go after something greater.
It’s time to move on, Millennial Type isn’t my future.
For awhile now I’ve wrestled with the feeling of becoming too romantic with my old blog. I struggled to find a way to incorporate it into my next venture. I couldn’t seem to make it fit. However, over the past few weeks I realized it’s wasn’t the blog that didn’t fit — it was me.
I’ve preached too long about the importance of going after our dreams.
It’s time to put into practice what I believe and help people to clarify their goals, find the right community, and keep them accountable. I want embody the message I’ve developed over the past few years which is:
We all undervalue our potential, and sometimes it takes just one person to help us to see its value.
I want to be the person who helps other people see their potential. Either by working with them one-on-one through SHRPA or through my words, videos, or content.
I don’t want to be known as the guy who complains about his 9-to-5. I want to be known as the guy who helps people see their potential and go after it.
Which leads me to today. MillennialType.com will remain active for the internet to enjoy, but moving forward, I’ve made a conscientious decision to write and build my community here on Medium. It’s honestly the best platform for writing and sharing ideas and I’m excited to go 100% all in.
And I intend to write under one brand: SHRPA.
What is SHRPA?
SHRPA is both my business and my philosophy.
When I think about the type of person I want to be and how I want to help other people, I envision the native Sherpas of Nepal. These Sherpas assist mountaineers from all over the world to accomplish their dream of summiting Mount Everest.
But they assist in a unique and challenging way.
Unlike coaches who stand from afar to instruct climbers, or Gurus who call down from the mountain top with their Ideal Climbing Plan, Sherpas climb with the other mountaineers. They are as much a part of the expedition as everyone else.
They provide motivational and tactical support. They help share the burden of carrying gear. They lend a helping hand when needed.
I want to be a Sherpa. I want to be a Sherpa in someone’s life who is afraid to climb their mountain. I want to be a Sherpa who helps this someone reach their summit.
That is why I created SHRPA. And that is why I’m 100% invested.
For starters, retiring Millennial Type will help eliminate a lot of confusion both for my readers and for myself.
It’ll allow me to create content around a single, clear mission:
Climb your mountain. Because it’s there.
Your mountain is defined by you and the only reason you should go after it is because it’s there. It was a good enough reason for George Mallory and he died trying to climb his (literally).
Moving forward I intend to write more frequently around the areas of goal-setting, going after your dream, personal development, the importance of goal-oriented community, and living a fulfilling life.
I also intend to produce more videos around the aforementioned areas, as well as engage more on different social platforms to spread SHRPA’s mission.
SHRPA is a movement. SHRPA is a way of life.
I’m ready to start climbing, are you?
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Hello, my name is Declan. I’m a husband, father, writer, and founder of SHRPA.
My mission is to get 1,000 people serious about going after their goals and dreams.