This is a statement by David J. Schwartz from his book The Magic of Thinking Big. This has to be the largest take away I have got from it, so far at least. It is such a simple statement yet there is so much truth behind it. When you try something, whatever it is, it becomes less scary once you do it.
More recently the same idea was portrayed by a rat-tailed Shia LaBeouf in a motivational video that has had more than 2,6 million views on YouTube. As strange as it is, and it is truly strange, its core point is extremely valid. “JUST DO IT”, about as eloquently put as a pirate knee deep in rum, but it still has the same truth behind it.
We spend too much time thinking. I am guilty of this, I spent so much time thinking, learning and researching blogging that it took me a hell of a lot longer than it should have to actually start it.
Learn by doing!
We tend to be so scared of the outcome we never actually start. This is compounded by perfectionism and/or fear. We look for the perfect time to start, and because nothing can ever be perfect we never do! We are scared about an imagined worst case outcome, so we don’t start at all, crazy no! How do we know for a fact that it won’t work? We have no proof to the positive or the negative.
So we have to ask ourselves “what’s the worst that can happen?” We should ask this for all decisions, big or small. I’m not saying we must go blindly into life changing, career altering choices without any information, that is passed crazy and into stupidity!
I am about to get technical. Look, I made a graph and everything!
We need to ensure we have a good Action to Analysis ratio. Bear in mind this is only a guide and not gospel, we can never have an exact 1:1. Start by getting advice, read the blog posts and books of experts, listen to podcasts, go to the second or even third page on Google! Then, once you have accumulated enough knowledge use it to take action. Those thoughts of failure and fear lose their power as soon as you “JUST DO IT”. Start making things happen and correct course as you go, that’s how you grow and develop, it crystallises your ideas and perspective. It helps drive innovation, difficulty is where your best ideas come from etc. etc.
The Modern Gentleman balances Analysis with Action, is courageous in the face of fear and knows nothing is ever perfect. A Gentleman is not afraid to try, he will put himself into situations that are out of his comfort zone, he becomes comfortable with the uncomfortable. He asks himself “What’s the worst that can happen?” and “just does it!”