I had a conversation with a friend the other day, where he had mentioned something about the big difference between people who are “talkers” and “doers” in terms of success and getting anything worthwhile in life done. It wasn’t a eureka moment or anything like that. It made me kind of angry, because I know *nobody* pushes myself harder than anyone else. I felt I’ve done what I could do in terms of “doing” before with my previous startup. As of now what I’m “talking” and “doing” about my life circumstances right now are rebuilding myself and cultivating a career skillset that I can sharpen (SEO/SEM) to the point where I can really say I’m fucking good at it and proud of what I can do. My situation right now is simply my choice, not anyone else’s.
The outcome of the conversation to me was more like a stark reminder that anything worthwhile in life takes time, patience and of course deliberate and unrelenting progress. Whether it’s 100% focused effort or 10% “just for fun” time spent for leisure to see what might happen to that seed of an idea if you begin to put some effort.
I really do wish I had the time freedom to go on pursuits of knowledge, to learn how to build. But as of right now as I’ve got stuff I need to handle and more responsibility mounting on. It’s an ADD world where people are taking on so many interests at the same time, I’m at the point in my life where I’ve decided to focus only on a handful of areas in my life that make a profound and significant impact in my life right now (the purpose of my weekly reviews). It’s a choice that I’ve made and I will follow through.
Reflecting on the conversation we had – no matter what age or situation we may be in, there are a million different excuses not to do anything. There is value in having time carved out in your life for recreational or creative purposes. The one line of his that really got me thinking was this:
Then give 10% and see where that takes you honestly….
Despite my focus on the “key areas of my life” – I haven’t put any time to put towards being creative for the sake of being creative and making something happen for an idea I’ve been talking about for almost a year now. I think he may be right.