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The most obvious danger of consuming too much is that it turns you into a consumer.

A lot of that “free” (and paid) content out there is designed to turn you into someone else’s consumer. (And it’s not free btw... not unless you put zero value on the time it took to consume that “free” content.)

You probably knew this right?

But here’s something I’ve noticed from PMs with a few thousand forum members:

Many of you don’t think you know enough to get started.

Many of you are constantly looking for something else to consume so you can finally become a producer.


The more insidious danger of consuming is that it makes you think you don’t already know enough to start.

I always imagine a young lad knocking on the door with a lawnmower in tow.

“Hey mister. Do you need your grass cut?”

“Not today thanks.”

“No thanks. Maybe another time.”

“Oh wow. I was just thinking of finding someone to cut my grass. Yes please.”

(I live in a very polite little world.)


You know what that lad didn’t do?

He didn’t think:

“I need a logo.”

“I need a website.”

“I don’t know enough about cold calling.”

“I need to go to the library and get a heap of books on how to start a business.”


Many of us know to give ourselves a stern talking to when we catch ourselves action faking.

But did you know the hidden rabbit-hole lying in wait for you in the library?

“Oh boy. I didn’t realise I needed to know about marketing as well as just starting a business.”

“Uh-oh... I didn’t know I needed to create avatars of my ideal customers before I go knocking on doors. What if I go round the wrong estate?”

“USP?! Whoa. I’m glad I came into the library today. I wouldn't have known that I didn’t know about USPs.”

“Scaling? Growth? What’s that mean? Should I even try to start a grass cutting business?”

“OMG... look at all this stuff I didn’t know I needed to learn before I even step out of the house and speak to people this fine Saturday afternoon.”


Many of you are straight out of school or college.

You’ve been taught to consume and read your way out of problems.

Whenever a new challenge comes up you’ve been programmed to search for a book or course.

This is how deep the script has it’s claws in you. And the further you got into the education system the deeper those claws.

I get it. I was a good student. I got my degree. I worked a cubicle for nearly 2 decades. I took the courses. I Googled for “books on XYZ”. I took “evening classes on ABC”. I even decided I “needed” an MSc to get ahead.

I learned slowly that the lad with the lawnmower (who may very well have dropped out of school) was street-smart where I was book-smart.

And that he was streets ahead of me.


Then one day someone asked me a very simple question:

“Andy. What if you already know enough?”

Oh.


We all want to join team producer right?

The best way is to produce more, not consume more.

What if you already know enough?

What would you do then?

Do that.

...

PS: This was all *produced* on my phone on a coach to the airport.

I could have consumed a podcast for the hour, or I could have produced a post in that hour. I chose to gain clarity by producing, to help others by producing, and to not clutter up my head with yet more “knowledge”.

I chose to clear my head not fill it.
 
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To piggyback off of this, my favorite method is to learn through production.

I'm "transitioning" from physicist into a machine learning engineer, because I'm solidly in the camp of "code it yourself if you can". So what's my process for learning this new field?

Example: I wanted to learn to program a deep reinforcement learning algorithm called Deep Q Learning. In a nutshell, it's a way for artificial intelligence agents learn to play video games. These algorithms have applications far beyond trivial video games, but games are the most accessible to the new learner without access to Uber or Doordash levels of data. So how could I learn this?

Option 1) Watch someone else's video tutorial, blindly copy the code line for line without really thinking too deeply.

Option 2) Read some material on how the algorithm works, translate that into code, and turn it into a YouTube video series to teach others.

Option 1 would have gotten me functional code to play with, but if I wouldn't really know the why behind it. When I decide I want to learn something else, I would have to watch more videos and spend the same amount of time because I haven't learned anything that I can generalize.

Option 2 means that I have to struggle (almost 16 hours of coding, testing, debugging) to build something from scratch. At the end of that, I have to go through line by line and be able to justify it to an audience. Then spend a few hours recording, editing, and uploading. So it takes 20 hours when I could have just spent a few watching someone else's content.
I have to endure the pain of feeing stupid and inadequate; ride the wave of feelings from excitement, anxiety, despair, and ultimately triumph and pride. This is in contrast to the purely pleasurable feelings you get from consuming someone's content. This is not an easy path to choose.

But the end result is that I understand the topic inside and out. It means that when I want to learn the next topic I can leverage my slightly deeper understanding to learn it faster.

Repeated iterations of option 2 result in compound returns on learning. This allows one to arrive at a state of deep domain expertise in difficult things.

This is the difference between what Lex Deville would call Tier 1, and Tier 3 gurus. The Tier 1 gurus understand the why, because they have taken concepts from their brain into production. Knowing the why and not just the how allows them to generate new knowledge to sell to the tier 3 gurus. The tier 3 gurus gobble it up and then wonder how the Tier 1 guys come up with this stuff. Never stopping to think that perhaps they should step back and look at first principles.

It's also the reason why Biophase can go from one eCom success to another, as if he's blessed by some Archangel of selling shit online.

TL;DR

Follow Andy's advice and get started learning something by doing / producing
Don't wuss out and read tutorials, really learn how to do it and just take the pain
Become the tier 1 guru and then generate new knowledge in your domain

@404profound
 

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Andy, absolutely true. Thanks.

May be to add, if you really need special knowledge, read into it as soon as you need it - and only into it.
100%. As MJ says: the best book is the one that solves the problem right in front of you.



I’m not knocking reading books, listening to podcasts, or taking courses.

Just be aware that time spent consuming is time not spent producing.

And that you can waste more than just the time initially spent consuming.

What if it took you down a rabbit-hole for days, weeks, months, or even years?

What about the opportunity cost of not producing TODAY?
 

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True story:

A Japanese Sensei took me and another enthusiastic beginner aside and asked us if we knew the secret to learning faster.

He leant forward and whispered: “Teach”.
 
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I do this ALL THE TIME.

Hell, I'm doing it right now.

I keep telling myself I'm one step closer to finding that "secret sauce" to getting started, or that I can just start tomorrow because I'm young and have plenty of time.

Stop reading/watching. Start doing.

Make it a goal to not consume any new info for a week. Use your current skill sets to take action. Then in a week evaluate whether or not you need more knowledge to execute. If not, then keep executing. If you do, then go learn whatever it is you need and repeat the process.
 
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Again, this is where my anxiety comes in handy.

And by the way, I've made a couple of dollars in my life and guess what? I've never had 1 logo! I made more money today than a lot of people make in a week just in my washer and dryer business and guess what? No logo! :eek: Do you know what The Maids or Merry Maids logo is? No? Well that sucks because they spent a LOT of money marketing that logo. So do you think if you don't know their logo, people will know what your logo is when you only spend $1000 marketing it? Get real.....

Personally, when I do need information about starting a business, I won't sleep until I get that information. Then I absorb it while I sleep and then I get the ball rolling as soon as possible. If you've waited a year to start..... either get started by the 1st of the month or quit fooling yourself.
 
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either get started by the 1st of the month

Better do today or even instantly as you read this. Put everything else aside.

There has been some research on this. If you don't start within 72 hours from your decision to start, the probability that you'll ever start drops radically (I believe even below 1%).
 

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I do this ALL THE TIME.

Hell, I'm doing it right now.

I keep telling myself I'm one step closer to finding that "secret sauce" to getting started, or that I can just start tomorrow because I'm young and have plenty of time.
 

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The truth is you don't know anything until you get started.

Content knowledge and experience knowledge are not in the same league at all. Ten hours of content knowledge is worth less than one hour of experience knowledge.

At the same time, if you launch into something big without knowledge, you're going to get wrecked.

The solution is to start small projects, and finish them, and then to increase the size/difficulty of the next project, and so on.
 
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Good post.

I love how you said you could have consumed for 1hr but you decide to produce.

I came back this forum like a week ago to ask my lead gen question, and I was so happy with the value exchange that I've just been going on a rampage trying to answer/help on any posts I can

I find that I gain MUCH more clarity through posting than I could ever gain from reading

I end up backspacing my sentences, sitting and questioning myself, asking "why am I advising this" or "is this the right way to explain this?" or "how could I make this more clear?" etc.

Same with working - you can read all you want but it's only until you start working that you start going "ohhhhhh....."

Anyways, yeah - get started ASAP - but also be careful.

I got my first SEO client when I didn't know ANYTHING, I read for maybe 1 week, and never had an SEO client ever lol.

So I put a man's business - a man's livelihood - at risk. It all worked out but I still kinda feel a little bad for the risk. That's how he feeds his kids, yanno?

But when the pressure is on, you kinda learn really fast so...

I don't really know what to advise. Just find the balance between "I gotta read 3873873 books" and "I'm gonna rearrange this mans business strategy with no knowledge at all!"

There's a way to ease into these things. Especially with the internet. If you're a new copywriter, you don't have to take up a client right away. You can write 10 sales letters and post them on here to see what we think of them and where we can help.

If you do paid ads, you can take $100-500 and mess around selling a service in your area (even if you don't have a service) - just make a landing page and put your personal number on it. Then when people call for a plumber just get their address then connect them with a good plumber. Or tell them sorry wrong number - whatever

Or if you have an idea for a product or something - do the same thing. Say you wanna sell slippers that look like dog feet or something... Make a landing page and set up a checkout and everything, complete with your pictures and copy and blahblah

But when they put in CC info and go to buy, it's out of stock "Sorry, we'll have em in soon!"

Basically I'm saying to stop making ginormous plans unless you have experience making/conquering medium plans. And don't make medium plans unless you have experience making/conquering small plans.

Whatever big goal you have - there's a small version of it that you can start RIGHT NOW

Wanna open up a carpet cleaning company?

Ok just buy some secondhand cleaning equipment and some carpet tiles from home depot, then throw wine and shit on the carpet and start F*cking around and finding out how shit works, how various type of stains react with the carpet blahblah

Just spitballing ideas but you get the point

There's ALWAYS something you can do RIGHT NOW

Put down the book and pull out a blank piece of paper and be uncomfortable until you come up with an actual, actionable task you can do. Screw theory

Also don't get caught up in planning - that's mental masturbation too

Write ACTIONABLE tasks and do them

Be the boss and employee

Write instructions like a boss and follow them like an employee - that's how I've found to get shit done
 

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I disagree.

The root cause of trouble in business is failure to gain facts—incontrovertible and unshakeable facts.

I buy $900 industry market research reports and read everything I can about a client's business, so when I go into a meeting I have the facts.

This is no lazy man's field.

Sounds like you’re misinterpreting. Nobody on this forum will argue against constant and continued learning.

What we do see is people who will spend months or years reading those $900 reports to be “ready” for the meetings that they’ve never set.
 
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The most obvious danger of consuming too much is that it turns you into a consumer.

A lot of that “free” (and paid) content out there is designed to turn you into someone else’s consumer. (And it’s not free btw... not unless you put zero value on the time it took to consume that “free” content.)

You probably knew this right?


But here’s something I’ve noticed from PMs with a couple of thousand forum members:

Many of you don’t think you know enough to get started.

Many of you are constantly looking for something else to consume so you can finally become a producer.



I think the more insidious, hidden, danger of consuming is that it makes you think you don’t already know enough to start.



I always imagine a young lad knocking on the door with a lawnmower in tow.

“Hey mister. Do you need your grass cut?”

“Not today thanks.”

“No thanks. Maybe another time.”

“Oh wow. I was just thinking of finding someone to cut my grass. Yes please.”

(I live in a very polite little world.)



You know what that lad didn’t do?

He didn’t think:

“I better get a logo.”

“I better get a website.”

“I don’t know enough about cold calling.”

“I better go to the library and get a heap of books out on how to start a business.”

Here in this forum we’d call all of the above “action faking.”

Many of us know to give ourselves a stern talking to when we catch ourselves action faking.


But did you know the super dangerous rabbit-hole awaiting you if you set foot in the library?

“Oh boy. I didn’t realise I needed to know about marketing as well as just starting a business.”

“Uh-oh... I didn’t even know I needed to create avatars of my ideal customers before I go knocking on doors. What if I go round the wrong estate?”

“USP?! Whoa. I’m glad I came into the library today. I didn’t even know that I didn’t know about USPs.”

“Scaling? Growth? What’s that mean? Should I even try to start a grass cutting business?”

“OMG... look at all this stuff I didn’t know I needed to learn before I even step out of the house and speak to people this fine Saturday afternoon.”


I’m working with a career salesman at the moment. I’m hoping to onboard him so he can help me get more local service business clients.

He kept telling me of all the courses he’s been on and all the books he’s read.

That’s ok. I won’t hold that against him. He’s been a salesman over the course of 20 years, and been on the road most of that time.

“Dude. Don’t set “appointments”. Just meet for a chat over a coffee.”

“Dude. Don’t bring that hardback A4 book. Here, I got you a small black Moleskine.”


The best bit from one of our chats this week?

“Andy. This is great. I’m really enjoying just chatting to people. I love this word “chat”. I’m having to deprogramme myself from all that corporate bullshit I used to have to go through.”

Bingo!



Many of you are straight out of school or college.

You’ve been taught to consume and read your way out of problems.

You’ve been programmed whenever a new challenge comes up to instantly go searching for a book or course.

This is how deep the script has it’s claws in you. And the further you got into the education system the deeper those claws.

I get it. I was a good student. I got my degree. I worked a cubicle for nearly 2 decades. I took the courses. I Googled for “books on XYZ”. I took “evening classes on ABC”. I even decided I “needed” an MSc to get ahead.

I learned slowly that the lad with the lawnmower (who may very well have dropped out of school btw) was street-smart where I was book-smart.

And that he was streets ahead of me.



Then one day someone asked me a very simple question:

“Andy. What if you already know enough?”

Oh.


We all want to join team producer right? The best way is to produce more, not consume more.

What if you already know enough?



...

PS: This was all *produced* on my phone on a coach to the airport. It’s waaay easier than trying to do so on my phone on Facebook. Just saying.

PPS: I could have consumed a podcast for the hour, or I could have produced a post in that hour. I chose to gain clarity by producing, to help others by producing, and to not clutter up my head with yet more “knowledge”. I chose to clear my head not fill it.

Great post Andy.

One of the better analogies I’ve heard about this is imagining your knowledge destination is a wall. Every book you read or podcast you listen to gets you halfway closer, after a few you are pretty close, but no matter how much you read or study you will never actually reach it.

So, as you said above...reach that point of knowing enough and go do something with it. That point comes quicker than you think.
 

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Listening too much will make you say things that have already been said, and do things that have already been done, and become a hollow shell, reverberating an average tone of someone else’s sound. Consuming is the opposite of producing, and being in the stands is an awful way to become a star up on stage.
 
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This thread got me to thinking. Why are so many people afraid to try? When we were really young we'd dive right in to trying new things. Did school take that out of us? Did an education system that rewards "right" answers and shames "wrong" answers make us afraid to try? Does our school system foster a life time of being afraid to try? In effect, giving us an excuses for making excuses and not taking action?
Yep, it gets “trained” (beaten?) out of us.

We started by repeatedly getting up every time we fell over, till we eventually could stand and walk.


I did a video somewhere of the kids doing some painting. They just got a brush, water, paper, and started painting.

They didn’t worry what it would turn out like or if anyone would judge or laugh. They didn’t think they’d better do a painting course before they darkened the page.

They did it for the joy of doing it.
 

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I disagree.

The root cause of trouble in business is failure to gain facts—incontrovertible and unshakeable facts.

I buy $900 industry market research reports and read everything I can about a client's business, so when I go into a meeting I have the facts.

This is no lazy man's field.
 
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Gold!

Consume less, do more.

The best way to learn is practice. Practice brings your pseudo-understandings to the surface. It shines the light on your limitations.

That's said, learning from others is also important. Learning from books and podcast or blogs.. Has it place.

And if so, what is the solution?
1. Have a bias for action.
2. Just in time learning

PS: "The average CEO reads 60 books a year". Have you heard that before? It might be true. I don't know. What I know is this phrase made me focus on quantity over quality for a while. Beware!
 

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For those of you considering another course, another book or another podcast before you start:

What would you do if you already knew enough?
 
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Better do today or even instantly as you read this. Put everything else aside.

There has been some research on this. If you don't start within 72 hours from your decision to start, the probability that you'll ever start drops radically (I believe even below 1%).

You are correct. I meant for example if a guy is going to start a trucking company, he will need to get the equipment. Or if a person is going to start something on the internet they might have to wait until they get paid to actually put the wheels in motion. But you are 100% correct, get done TODAY what you can and don't put it off. Set a day within the next 30 to launch. If possible, within the next 30 minutes. Or, go back to watching Aqua Teen and asking your mom if you can stay out after 10pm. :)
 

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I don't see how this has anything to do with the script
I think it’s a big part of the script.

You need a degree in business or entrepreneurship before you start a business.

You need to spend money on a course before you’re good enough to help someone.

You need a piece of paper before you should even compete.

Here, get training as part of your package when you come work for us. That training would be thousands if you were to pay for it yourself. You need that additional training to advance your career.

What do you need?
 

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True story:

A Japanese Sensei took me and another enthusiastic beginner aside and asked us if we knew the secret to learning faster.

He leant forward and whispered: “Teach”.
From personal experience I know this to be very true.

It also puts a different slant on the saying "those who can, do; those who can't, teach"
 
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To piggyback off of this, my favorite method is to learn through production.

I'm "transitioning" from physicist into a machine learning engineer, because I'm solidly in the camp of "code it yourself if you can". So what's my process for learning this new field?

Example: I wanted to learn to program a deep reinforcement learning algorithm called Deep Q Learning. In a nutshell, it's a way for artificial intelligence agents learn to play video games. These algorithms have applications far beyond trivial video games, but games are the most accessible to the new learner without access to Uber or Doordash levels of data. So how could I learn this?

Option 1) Watch someone else's video tutorial, blindly copy the code line for line without really thinking too deeply.

Option 2) Read some material on how the algorithm works, translate that into code, and turn it into a YouTube video series to teach others.

Option 1 would have gotten me functional code to play with, but if I wouldn't really know the why behind it. When I decide I want to learn something else, I would have to watch more videos and spend the same amount of time because I haven't learned anything that I can generalize.

Option 2 means that I have to struggle (almost 16 hours of coding, testing, debugging) to build something from scratch. At the end of that, I have to go through line by line and be able to justify it to an audience. Then spend a few hours recording, editing, and uploading. So it takes 20 hours when I could have just spent a few watching someone else's content.
I have to endure the pain of feeing stupid and inadequate; ride the wave of feelings from excitement, anxiety, despair, and ultimately triumph and pride. This is in contrast to the purely pleasurable feelings you get from consuming someone's content. This is not an easy path to choose.

But the end result is that I understand the topic inside and out. It means that when I want to learn the next topic I can leverage my slightly deeper understanding to learn it faster.

Repeated iterations of option 2 result in compound returns on learning. This allows one to arrive at a state of deep domain expertise in difficult things.

This is the difference between what KungFuSteve would call Tier 1, and Tier 3 gurus. The Tier 1 gurus understand the why, because they have taken concepts from their brain into production. Knowing the why and not just the how allows them to generate new knowledge to sell to the tier 3 gurus. The tier 3 gurus gobble it up and then wonder how the Tier 1 guys come up with this stuff. Never stopping to think that perhaps they should step back and look at first principles.

It's also the reason why Biophase can go from one eCom success to another, as if he's blessed by some Archangel of selling sh*t online.

TL;DR

Follow Andy's advice and get started learning something by doing / producing
Don't wuss out and read tutorials, really learn how to do it and just take the pain
Become the tier 1 guru and then generate new knowledge in your domain

@404profound
This is an important distinction I hadn't considered. I did catch myself consuming tutorials while trying to get my head around javascript. Once I let them go and started trying to build my first project... then I discovered my only savior is Stackoverflow.
 

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It's like the belt system in Martial Arts.

Beginners are white belts because white means you clean and pure. You have no knowledge but you're starting out. As the belts progress the colors get "dirtier". You have brown belt then you go to Black.

Though getting a black belt means you now know all the basics and you go and seek new knowledge of the art. You begin to teach others so that you can plant new seeds and help them grow and mature. Getting a Black Belt means you have your foundations down and you're now ready to add more.

You're always constantly seeking knowledge. It's never ending.


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If you already know enough then it's time to put that knowledge into action.
 

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The most obvious danger of consuming too much is that it turns you into a consumer.

A lot of that “free” (and paid) content out there is designed to turn you into someone else’s consumer. (And it’s not free btw... not unless you put zero value on the time it took to consume that “free” content.)

You probably knew this right?


But here’s something I’ve noticed from PMs with a couple of thousand forum members:

Many of you don’t think you know enough to get started.

Many of you are constantly looking for something else to consume so you can finally become a producer.



I think the more insidious, hidden, danger of consuming is that it makes you think you don’t already know enough to start.



I always imagine a young lad knocking on the door with a lawnmower in tow.

“Hey mister. Do you need your grass cut?”

“Not today thanks.”

“No thanks. Maybe another time.”

“Oh wow. I was just thinking of finding someone to cut my grass. Yes please.”

(I live in a very polite little world.)



You know what that lad didn’t do?

He didn’t think:

“I better get a logo.”

“I better get a website.”

“I don’t know enough about cold calling.”

“I better go to the library and get a heap of books out on how to start a business.”

Here in this forum we’d call all of the above “action faking.”

Many of us know to give ourselves a stern talking to when we catch ourselves action faking.


But did you know the super dangerous rabbit-hole awaiting you if you set foot in the library?

“Oh boy. I didn’t realise I needed to know about marketing as well as just starting a business.”

“Uh-oh... I didn’t even know I needed to create avatars of my ideal customers before I go knocking on doors. What if I go round the wrong estate?”

“USP?! Whoa. I’m glad I came into the library today. I didn’t even know that I didn’t know about USPs.”

“Scaling? Growth? What’s that mean? Should I even try to start a grass cutting business?”

“OMG... look at all this stuff I didn’t know I needed to learn before I even step out of the house and speak to people this fine Saturday afternoon.”


I’m working with a career salesman at the moment. I’m hoping to onboard him so he can help me get more local service business clients.

He kept telling me of all the courses he’s been on and all the books he’s read.

That’s ok. I won’t hold that against him. He’s been a salesman over the course of 20 years, and been on the road most of that time.

“Dude. Don’t set “appointments”. Just meet for a chat over a coffee.”

“Dude. Don’t bring that hardback A4 book. Here, I got you a small black Moleskine.”


The best bit from one of our chats this week?

“Andy. This is great. I’m really enjoying just chatting to people. I love this word “chat”. I’m having to deprogramme myself from all that corporate bullshit I used to have to go through.”

Bingo!



Many of you are straight out of school or college.

You’ve been taught to consume and read your way out of problems.

You’ve been programmed whenever a new challenge comes up to instantly go searching for a book or course.

This is how deep the script has it’s claws in you. And the further you got into the education system the deeper those claws.

I get it. I was a good student. I got my degree. I worked a cubicle for nearly 2 decades. I took the courses. I Googled for “books on XYZ”. I took “evening classes on ABC”. I even decided I “needed” an MSc to get ahead.

I learned slowly that the lad with the lawnmower (who may very well have dropped out of school btw) was street-smart where I was book-smart.

And that he was streets ahead of me.



Then one day someone asked me a very simple question:

“Andy. What if you already know enough?”

Oh.


We all want to join team producer right? The best way is to produce more, not consume more.

What if you already know enough?



...

PS: This was all *produced* on my phone on a coach to the airport. It’s waaay easier than trying to do so on my phone on Facebook. Just saying.

PPS: I could have consumed a podcast for the hour, or I could have produced a post in that hour. I chose to gain clarity by producing, to help others by producing, and to not clutter up my head with yet more “knowledge”. I chose to clear my head not fill it.

Holy shit Andy, great thread! This part really caught my eye:

“You’ve been taught to consume and read your way out of problems.

You’ve been programmed whenever a new challenge comes up to instantly go searching for a book or course."

I'm definitely guilty of this.

Though I don't see how this has anything to do with the script, in terms of reading your way out of problems. It does make sense to me in terms of consuming.
 
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For those of you considering another course, another book or another podcast before you start:

What would you do if you already knew enough?
You cannot know what you need to know until you begin on a path to do something. Along the path you discover what you need to learn, and you learn as you go. You cannot know enough, because you cannot anticipate what knowledge is required until the next problem presents itself.
 

janpsx3

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I agree that the school system may corrupt aspiring entrepreneurs. I remember when I was a rebel in High School, I convinced this lady to let me perform with my rock band at her daughter's sweet 16 party. The problem was that I had no members for my band, no instruments, had not practiced any songs, and I had one month to prepare until the party. I had still not developed the analytical mind I earned in college, so my mind did not register the difficulties for this project. But I think because I did not doubt myself and had no analysis paralysis, I was able to conquer that feat and get all those things done.

After college, I graduated with a diploma, analysis paralysis, the addiction to endless learning, and a masters in action faking. This has severely slowed down my entrepreneurship journey. And even though I was reading and listening to a lot of audio books, no progress was visible. Having removed my Plan B's, I was desperate for a change. So I made a commitment today to not read or listen to another audio book until I ACTUALLY need it. Luckily, today I saw this post and it furthered confirmed my actions.

I thank everyone that posted in this thread. I have learned a lot from you! I hope soon I will be able to contribute valuable insights to this forum as well!
 

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“A few observations and much reasoning lead to error, many observations and little reasoning to truth.”

“The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms, and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog.”

~ Alexis Carrel
 

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Hit the nail on the head Andy.

There comes a point where you must put down the books and stop salivating over online forums and the success of others. IMO 3-5 books is enough. Browsing the forums for 2 months is enough.

It becomes a distraction. All of a sudden yours days are spent on books/forums rather than taking action. I believe the best examples on this forum are not regulars, because they get it, why add one more thing to the daily list when I could be producing for my ventures?

I frown every time I see a post asking "what wordpress theme should I use" or "I don't have a logo yet so I can't make a sale" or "I need a website, that's priority #1". None of this matters......This just shows the OP has not yet woken up.

If you don't know how to do something.....google it
If you need recommendations........google it
If you need to learn an industry........google it
If you need anything..........google it

It's an interesting time we're living in.
 

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