“Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.” – B. C. Forbes, Born May 14, 1880.
Sure, studying is good.
But that book or video or course that is the hot new thing to buy? That's not gonna change you. You're not going to magically transform from bullshit into bon bons.
You have to do the work. Some work. Any work – any work toward your goal is acceptable.
THEN you're worth a damn. THEN you can study and research and buy courses and books and info-product extravaganzas. Because you're working ON something.
When you're working ON something, your study has focus. Your research has a purpose. You're solving problems you have so you can move forward.
Otherwise, you're studying up on situations that may never arise. Simply as an excuse to allow yourself never take the risk of getting started. Out of the fear you might fail.
Can I be crude?
Skip all that fuckery. Don't let learning be a cop-out. If you're not doing, the learning is pointless. Do first. Then learn.
All you need to learn is how to solve the problem in front of you. You won’t know what that is until you start working and hit a wall.
When you’re working, you’re not just doing a thing, you’re BECOMING a different kind of person. Not just a consumer, but a producer. An action taker.
Learning doesn’t so anything for the passive. It just becomes a useless pile of stagnating information that sits there, of no value to anyone.
But not you. YOU become something that the learning can actually help improve – give it something worthy to reflect off of, like Forbes' mirror.
Light reflecting off a diamond is prettier than the light reflecting off a turd…
<!—- lagniappe Cultist, to add to this, I have a fun little brain clearing exercise that can eliminate some unnecessary clutter and help you get on track to actually reach some goals and make some progress on your “big idea”... First, write your plan. If it’s a big goal, I like a 5 year plan. One sentence per year. Then break down the first year into more detail, month by month. Second, for that first year, write down all the obstacles you *think* you might run into in that first six months. You’ll probably be way wrong. But the point is to dump them out of your brain. Third, get to work. Start following the plan for the first month. If you actually encounter one of the problems on your list, then scratch it off and find a fix. If you encounter one that wasn’t on your list, add it. Fourth, any of the problems that you end up needing to find a solution for, document your process. From research, to purchases, to tools, to execution. This is future potential content and product - maybe even service, implementing your fix for others (in exchange for money.) Fifth, that’s it. Any of the problems you wrote down that never happened? That is a list of all the time you might have wasted worrying over vapor. Nonexistent nothing that would have otherwise kept you from action. Crumple it up and toss it in the trash. Congrats! You have upgraded your brain and should now know how to separate imaginary problems and unfounded fears from ACTUAL ISSUES that need real attention. How helpful is that? —->