On hard starts

It’s never easy to get started.  That’s because going from zero to one requires a start, a spark. It’s harder to start a spark than continue a fire, but as long as we can start the spark then we can burn the world. Another thing that gets in the way: too much magnesium, too much fuel, not enough striking. We convince ourselves that we need more, more, more. We don’t need more. We need to strike. 

Half monkey-mind, half afraid of the truth. The solution to both is to sit down, shut up, and let it all unfold. 

We find that the whole thing was a fools errand anyway. Starting should be no harder than seeing.

If you’re having a hard time starting, then take ten steps back, and ask yourself the basic questions.

  • What do I want?
  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • What’s the point?

I have my answers, and it has made all the difference. I am free to do whatever I want, because I know what I want. Action is as easy as seeing.

No walking allowed.

A big problem: You’re not pushing the boundaries of what you could do. That doesn’t mean clawing your way to the top, it means exploring for the sake of exploring. “Why does the batter run to first? Because he must.” It’s the game. It’s the nature of things to evolve, so evolve. It requires something you might not be giving, though.  

We all have an idea of ourselves in our mind. We all have an idea in our head of who we will be, 100 miles away. We inch forward. 

Stop fuckin around, get in the car, and drive. 

There’s something more to you, and the world needs it. 

Mario’s tornado flute

We get into thinking that we will stay at this level forever, or at least a long time. The fact is, we are more than ready to ‘level up.’ And here’s the cool part: we can skip levels (like Mario).The more focus we put into this level, the more levels we can skip in the future. That means investing in the long term, without fail, and without anyone telling you to. Invest in the things that compound over time: reading, writing, logic, speaking, coding, and the market.

Whoever goes above and beyond with the little things now will be far better off later. This is the core of what it means to invest ‘pennies’ to make fortunes.

Little actions now will launch you worlds forward later.

Perfection and weakness

Seeing weakness in ourselves enables survival tactics. We realize that we can’t do it all, and that we need to use shortcuts: tools and leverages to help us succeed.

I am a perfectionist. It stops me in my tracks before I begin anything that I can’t give 100 percent to. Many opportunities, lost. Opportunities lost to delusions of grandeur. My own thinking that everything I do can be amazing, timeless.It’s not so.

Not so for me, and not so for you.

Perfection is the enemy of progress.

Anyone can do well on a great day. It’s the warrior who makes progress when all hell is upon him.

Show up. Do your best. And do it all again tomorrow. (Hint: Enjoy the little things, the process. It’s all we have.)