Thursday, April 12, 2018

Do The Thing

This is going to sound like common sense but common sense isn't all that common. What should you do to do the thing that you want to do? You should do the thing. Easy right? Well most people actually don't do this.

Instead of doing the thing, its common for people to take a more indirect path. They read books on the thing. They watch videos on the thing. They think about doing the thing and wish about it and dream about it. They talk to their coworkers about the thing. They might take a class on doing the thing or more formal education (which may only have some resemblance to the thing). Maybe its because they believe in order to start the thing they first need some formal certificate from other gatekeepers who have taken that path before.

Ok lets bring this from the abstract to the real. So many people dream about starting a company, building that product. But they do absolutely nothing but learn about it and talk about it. I think it was Peter Levels who made an analogy to swimming. He is swimming for sure. And there are few people who have jumped in and flapping around, trying not to drown. But the far majority of people are up there on the dock discussing swimming: "So are we supposed to turn our arms this way or that way to stay afloat? I've heard of this new technique that is really cool." But doing absolutely nothing. Well, they are reading books about how to become entrepreneurs. Some others are going to school, working on getting an MBA, that way they will have the knowledge and certificate approval to get started.

Now I'm not saying any of this is necessarily bad. Yes there are plenty of people who have taken knowledge from these entrepreneurial self help books and built good companies from them. There are so many people who have successfully built companies after getting an MBA. Many of them met their business partner there or came up with an idea there. But on the other hand, so many people decided not to take this indirect path and decided to jump right in and start doing the thing from the beginning.

You don't need to do all of the auxiliary stuff to do the thing you want to do. You can just do it. You don't know what you need until you do it. When you start doing the thing you will realize what things are truly auxiliary and what things are really necessary. Your stuckness when doing the thing will let you find the right tool to get past it.

Don't start with the path wandering around the thing you want to do. If you want to do the thing. Consider, you know, doing it.