Thursday, May 1, 2014

You Never Know What Something Is Like Until You Do It. So Do More, Think Less

This is a re-post of a great article written by Alexander Heyne from MilkthePigeon.

The 8 Biggest Life Mistakes You Can Make in Your 20s

3) Thinking You’ll “Figure it All Out” And Then go do Something.

Guess what. Most people live their entire lives without figuring it all out, and they don’t end up doing shit.

You’ve heard this a million times before, but there is almost never a perfect time.

Yeah I’ll admit some of us get lucky. We get that sweet business introduction. We get a scholarship to live abroad. We get a hook up from mommy and daddy.

For the rest of us? The more time you spend thinking, the more time you spend screwing yourself over. Grow some big-boy balls and take action. (Do More Think Less) [Vulnerability is the single most important characteristic in learning -- intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically]

I recently talked about how thinking is one of the major causes of unhappiness. (Do more things that put you in flow)

The same is true about “figuring your life out.” Trying to think it through is the absolute worst idea. I can tell you this because I’ve done it myself and it didn’t get me any closer to figuring out shit – and that’s when I learned that it’s fundamentally flawed.  You truly don’t know something until you’ve done it. So go do it.

“Which one will I like more? Being a doctor, lawyer, or teaching English in Korea?”

Here’s what you do:

Shadow a doctor. Shadow a lawyer. Talk to a family friend who is a doctor. Talk to a friend who is a lawyer. Go teach in Korea.

Yay! In 1.5 years you’ve answered the question you would’ve guessed about for the next 40 years.

Key Points:
1. There is almost never a perfect time, so don't keep waiting to do something you've been meaning to do.
2. You truly don’t know something until you’ve done it. So go do it. And do the things that put you in flow. 
3. The more you do the things that scare the shit out of you, the more you will learn, and the faster you will learn.