As you may already know I’ve started and am now a few months in to a new creative project, a video project specifically designed to frustrate the living shit out of me.
No, I’m lying. It’s not the creative projects’ fault, of course; I just simply had no idea that it would be this challenging and that it would stretch and grow me in ways that I didn’t even know that was possible.
But something I decided early on to help me stay accountable was to daily walk through a book via the VLOG which gave me a foundation to wake up to and at least one thing to talk about.
The chapters within Tools of Titans have been profound as they have been difficult, mostly because the profundity underscores how difficult it is to truly swallow and then practice what is being shared.
In other words, most of the exceedingly useful pieces of insight also require fundamental shifts in our thinking and behavior and if there’s anything that I know about human nature it is this: We suffer from incorrigible behavioral inertia.
We simply do not invite or want change.
But sometimes we just have to act. Sometimes, to start moving the grindstone we have to just decide to begin, even if the start is super-small.
The VLOG is my personal example of such an act. I decided to begin. I didn’t have a master plan. I didn’t need anyone’s permission. I didn’t have clearly defined goals or a mission statement or anything lofty. I just started. It’s one of the few things that I’m half-way decent at.
I was reminded of this via Peter’s chapter, as seen above. Tim Ferriss asks Peter this question: What do you wish you had known about business 20 years ago? Peter answers:
If you go back 20 or 25 years, I wish I would have known that there was no need to wait. … So if you’re planning to do something with your life, if you have a 10-year plan of how to get there, you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months?
Great question. There are things in my life that I want to do, many mountains that I’d like to climb. Instead of trying to “figure out” which ones to start climbing or trying to figure out some sort of manufactured priority, what if I were to just begin and assume that my presumptions are, in fact, wrong.
Perhaps I’ve been telling myself a fictitious story that’s not based on reality. Perhaps I’ve become so good as self-deceit that I don’t even know when I do it and when I don’t.
The only remedy is action. It forces us to encounter, sometimes dramatically, different worlds and possibilities. Or we can sit in our chair and hope those worlds come to us… and we know that that is unlikely to ever happen.
So after reading Peter’s chapter I decided to act and to start a small new “show” via my already difficult video project about Venture Capital. There was no need to wait and no need to ask for permission. Just action.
Here’s the first episode: