It’s not about what you know. It’s about what you *do.*

Execution is a powerful thing. Derek Sivers likes to say ideas are just a multiplier of execution. Ideas are worth nothing unless executed.

Likewise, knowledge isn’t worth much unless you act on it.

This is the problem with know-it-alls. I have to be careful personally because I sometimes fall into the trap of feeling secure or even superior just because of what I know.

You can’t allow knowing to keep you from doing.

Sadly it seems as a society, we’re getting better and better at not actually doing things. I call this The Lost Art of Becoming Good at Things.

Most of us could use more doing and less consuming. If you want to acquire new skills, live an interesting life and do adventurous things, you have to get good at putting in the effort it takes to actually do those things.

So, next time you feel yourself getting comfortable because of how much you know about a particular topic, remember: It’s not about what you know. It’s about what you do.

I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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