The year is coming to a close fast and new to-do lists and New Year’s Resolutions are being brainstormed at lightspeed.
So I figured there’s no better time to a release this post I’ve hesitated releasing for some time, because I’m not sure I’m going to blow anybody’s mind by doing so.
But here goes…
The 1st, Most Crucial Step To Take When You “Don’t Know How”
There’s a really, really easy first step to take when you want to try something new.
In fact, some people might get pretty ticked off with me after reading how obvious this first step is, but what’s not easy is trying to explain why more people don’t take it….
Chad and I have used this first step to go rock climbing, sandboarding and fire spinning, as well as to move across the country, find an apartment, find a job, build a website, and develop a travel web series.
We’ve also used this first step to learn Final Cut Pro, fly for nearly free, and cook a whole leg of lamb.
We’ve essentially used this one single step to start a domino effect of actions that allow us to build of life of our design.
Friends and coworkers are sometimes mind-boggled on some of the things we’ve been able to do, but I often find that the most common excuse for why they won’t attempt something is because they simply “don’t know how.”
The funny thing is… its ridiculously easy in the 21st century to actually find out how.
Okay, okay… I’ll cut to the point.
The (not-so-secret) secret weapon to use when trying to figure out how to do ANYTHING new is…
(Ugh. I apologize if I just wasted your time, but it had to be pointed out.)
There’s a reason “Google” comes from the word “Googolplex.” Seriously. Google anything and everything. There’s literally no reason not to.
You want to be a movie extra? Google it.
You want to start a business? Google it.
You want to learn to fence? Google it.
You want to apply for American Idol? Google it.
You want to do parkour? Google it.
You want to climb Mount Everest? Google it.
Chances are, if you want to do something, somebody else has probably already done it. And chances are, one of those people was kind of enough to post how to do it all over the Interwebs.
[Note: In the rare case where NO ONE has done it yet, then I suggest you dedicate some time in learning how to do it first, because, A) you might make history, and/or B) become very, very rich for doing so.]
At the end of the day, the first step in doing pretty much anything is to research how to do it.
Why don’t we do it more, then? (I’m not sure, but maybe I’ll Google it… ;))
Luckily, we’re all spoiled because we have the Internet at our beck and call and sadly our children’s children probably won’t know what a book is when they grow up. Either way, researching something new keeps getting easier and easier by the week.
So what is it that you want to do? Skydive? Travel the world? Bake cupcakes? Become an astronaut? Fly to see your family for just pennies?
The only barricade that stands in front of that very important first step is the “On” button of any computer connected to the world.
To be honest, I feel a bit shameful for writing this post. Am I really teaching anyone something new by telling them to use Google the next time they say, “Man, I wish I could do that…”?
The answer is, no, I’m not. But nonetheless, the epidemic excuse of “I don’t know how” is still spreading.
The dreamers of human history did not have the research power that we have today. Wouldn’t it be criminal for us to NOT utilize it?
So if you have the “dreamer’s disease,” don’t let the “epidemic excuse” of “I don’t know how” intoxicate you.
The first step awaits you with a small, blinking line in a blank rectangular box. It’s time to give it a shot.
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