Personal Development

I Chose a Bad Strategy

Often I think about the years I spent doing work I didn’t love.

I learned a lot of great things and met amazing people. They weren’t bad years. In fact, they were pretty good. A big reason why they were good was because I felt I was doing everything for a purpose: someday I’ll have enough money to go on my adventure.

In theory, all of my work and effort was aimed at that goal.

But year after year passed and there was never more money, no fluent Spanish, or any freedom to travel. In fact, my years of work didn’t put me one step closer to my dream of walking to South America.

This is because of a glitch.

In the human mind there is an error of logic. Our belief is: the best way to achieve something is to plan for it. Because we believe this we are very valuable workers, voters, consumers and soldiers. After all, to plan for something you need time, income and stability. And lots of luxuries to keep you sane during the wait.

If our belief was true, most people would find that after 5-10 years of college and career they are able to back away from full time work and do the things they love.

Does that sound like the real world?

The belief is mistaken. The best way to achieve something is not to plan. It’s to jump in immediately.

(Immediate is relative. It could be today or a one year process. But there is no delay.)

This approach isn’t perfect. There are many problems you’ll face with this approach. But you’ll handle them better reactively. You’ll make better decisions about problems as they actually happen, than you would in a plan.

And you’ll actually make progress.