“You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.” Randall Munroe
The best way to become great is to look at how others before you have done it. Look at Leonardo Da Vinci, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein, Rembrandt, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and everyone else whom you consider great. They all have something in common. They became great by doing what they loved.
Their greatness didn’t show until they found their passion. Some of them were poor, so you have to make a choice; doing what makes you come alive, even if it means dying poor, or doing what others think you should do to be successful. Sometimes one leads to the other, but not always.
Find something that makes your head ache because you love it so much. Find something that you love so much you’d do it for free. Find something that you can’t stop doing, or dreaming about. Find something that consumes you. Find something that ignites your passion and emotions.
Do it so hard that you sometimes have trouble breathing. Spend every waking and dreaming moment thinking about it.
In doing so, you will become great at what you’re doing.
By that point, you will not care if you become great: you will be too busy doing what you love.