You can spend all of your days learning how to do what you want to do or you can actually do the thing.
Most people spend most of their days learning, and then they never actually do something with the information that they’ve spent hours consuming. Why they do that, I don’t have a clue, but they do.
People are dedicated, that’s for sure, but put that dedication to good use. Instead reading another book about how to write a book, write the book. Instead of watching 10 more hours of content about building websites, build a website.
I’m not saying that learning and education is a bad thing. Obviously you have to learn how to do something before you learn it, I’m just saying stop learning so much to the point where you still haven’t done anything.
If you spend another dime on your 20th book about writing or buy your 4th $1,000 course on launching a website, you’re crazy. Have you actually written a paragraph of anything since you first started learning? Have you even thought about the topic of your website?
If you want to know how to do something you actually have to practice doing that thing. Someone can tell me how to make the best chocolate cake in the world, and I can nod and think Cool, now I know how to make a chocolate cake, but if I don’t actually make the chocolate cake, then what was the point of learning?
Plus, here’s what’s most likely going to happen. Despite me having the steps, I might burn the cake the first time. I might pour in the wrong portion of flour. The point is that I can have all of the steps, and I’m still going to fuck up because I haven’t practiced making the cake.
I haven’t perfected making the cake yet, and I won’t until I take all of the information that I learned and put it to use.
Here’s what I’m not going to do: I’m not going to hear about how to make this cake, then read some other instructions, and then watch a video about how to make a chocolate cake. That’s ridiculous, right? But it’s what you’re doing!
The chocolate cake example is oversimplified, I understand, but you can take a lot of information from one book about whatever you want to do, and do something with it.
There might not be enough in that one book to get you to become an expert or the best “whatever” there ever was, but it’s enough to get you started, and that’s what no one is doing—starting.
Practice what you learn, put it to good use. Then once you’ve done the steps and done the practices that have been given to you, then go ahead and move on to the next thing.
Never stop learning, just know when it’s time to take a pause and put what you’ve already learned to practice.
If you don’t take the time to actually do the work, then you’re not going to get anywhere. Knowledge is power, yes, but if you’re not going to actually do anything with that knowledge, then what happens to it?
It’s forgotten, and it goes to waste. Don’t let that happen to what you know. You’re not going to succeed unless you actually do something, it doesn’t matter how much about a topic you know.
Doing is what actually gets you somewhere. Learn, practice, and repeat until you’ve finally become great.