I was listening to one of the recent episodes of Andy Frisella’s podcast today and there was one phrase that particularly struck me and resonated in that deep, truthful way:
“First you do, then you learn”.
It seems like a paradox and it goes contrary to everything we have been taught through our uprising and education, but guys - it is so fucking true and you and me both know that. How many years of education we waste to learn, to prepare for something in the future, yet that future comes and we are completely unprepared to face the real world, real life, real responsibilities.
We accumulate knowledge and information without being put in concrete life situations and therefore ignorant of how to actualize that knowledge and apply it, transform it into act and real skill and not just useless, idle piece of information.
They say “jump before you are ready”, “you will never be ready, so start now” and other stuff, but for some reason the very same thing expressed in different words finally really got to me and inspired me to continue trying and being brave - continue doing what I don’t know, facing new approaches, new challenges, don’t afraid to be wrong, to make shitty work. The important thing is to show up - show up before we are ready to do so and gain skills and experience throughout the way, by showing up constantly.
And when we really focus on that, on action, on acting instead of being in forever “prep mode for life”, our fearful inside critic also gets a bit calmer, becomes just humming noise in the background while our dedication and courage take the main seat of our lives.
Love you as always,