I have a goal to read 60 books this year. I’m behind, and I might stay that way.
While some of the most successful people in the world are avid readers, some even reading a book per day, they are also prolific creators.
There is so much information out there. My novelty-seeking brain craves it. So many books, podcasts, webinars, online courses, subscription newsletters, magazines and videos. Ah! The videos!
I can easily sit all day and just consume until my brain is bloated and I can’t possibly consume one more bit of information. I really do enjoy learning and exploring, but as a creator, I have to balance my need and desire for consuming information with my actual output. I need to create more than I consume.
Education As A Form Of Procrastination
I’ve been through this, have you? Taking class after class, reading blogs, attending webinars, free email courses, and so on and so on.
Of course you need to learn new skills and stay on top of your shit, but don’t fool yourself. At some point you have to get off the learning train and hop on the doing train.
But what if you don’t know enough? Chances are you probably do. If you’ve spent hours and days and weeks and months learning and you haven’t started doing, ask yourself if you’re just scared to start, scared to fail, or lacking a solid plan.
Either way, it’s time to ask yourself: Are you a consumer or a creator?
It’s okay if you’re a consumer, and it’s okay to have periods of time where you consume more than you create. But if you want to BE a creator, well then, you have to CREATE.
So What Are You Fretting Over?
Here are a few to get you started…
…I don’t know how…
…It’s not going to be good enough…
…I haven’t established myself…
…No one will take me seriously…
…I don’t know if I’m good enough…
…I don’t know if anyone will read/buy/subscribe…
…I don’t know if I’m good enough…
Been there done that. How about you?
I get it though. Creating is scary. Putting your stuff out there for the world to see requires some freaking guts, man.
It might mean you have to be vulnerable. You might make a mistake, maybe even a big one. Your blog/book/course may flop, it may just fall flat on its face. It may have mistakes or other issues. You could be embarrassed, humiliated even.
But you won’t ever know if you just keep taking those free courses and watching those videos and signing up for one more damn webinar, you know, the one that will solve all your problems and give you the info you need to REALLY get started.
JUST. STOP. NOW.
Don’t do it. Your inbox is so full of junk from all the courses and downloads you’ve signed up for you don’t have any more room. You’ve already read the books, the posts and listened to enough damn podcasts.
It’s time to just dive in. Afraid you don’t know enough? Well, chances are you know more than enough, but even if it’s just enough to be dangerous that’s okay. You’ll have a better idea of exactly what you need to learn once you start. You’ll correct course as you go.
You’ll FINALLY get some feedback, because that’s really what you need!
Stop being a consumer. Start being the creator I know you can be.
(And I’ll do the same)
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