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.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.