The Most Useful Thing I Have Ever Learned

Most is a big word, maybe too big. However, right now is how I feel.

What is it

It may change if you ask me in a month, I am volatile like that. What can I say right now is

Just do it. Don’t wait till is perfect, even if it feels like you should.

The reason is simple. It will never be. Especially at the beginning, and if you don’t start NOW, then, you won’t have time and space to “fail” until it gets almost there, to Perfectionland.

Perfectionism is often defined as the need to be or appear to be perfect, or even to believe that it’s possible to achieve perfection. It is typically viewed as a positive trait rather than a flaw. People may use the term “healthy perfectionism” to describe or justify perfectionistic behavior.

But perfectionism and trying your best aren’t the same thing. You just gotta do it, and then put it “out there”. I’m reminded a bit of the concept of having to make use of the things you learn, or taking action with the things you think. Or they will just stay there, and die. Yes, as a real failure. In fact, even the word failure, really only means non-occurrence. True story.

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Where I got the lesson from

Mostly, I don’t remember. But, I would be lying if I would omit that…ok

Nike might have made me ponder on it a little.

But also, a lot of conversation around finance and other self-help. For example, you might encounter people that will tell you “All that knowledge is good, but if you don’t do anything with it, what’s the use?”. And yea, we could argue that knowledge is already a pretty good use in itself, but they’re not completely wrong, are they?

They also say: Be a doer, not a thinker. And here I would agree to disagree. It’s simple. Be both. Think, learn, then always apply.

Lately I’ve also been following some classes on Masterclass, taught by Neil Gaiman. And, would you think about it, a whole class is actually about the nikean philosophy of just doing it: Just write, write a lot, like…a lot.

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Why it’s useful

Because, if it is true that one should follow one’s passion, it cannot always be in the dark. If it has to be in the dark, be it, but on paper, or on a skateboard, or through the strings of the guitar. Not just in our minds, not always. Something is going to happen, even if that is effing scary. We just can’t live on the plane of non-occurrence forever.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
Barack Obama

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent Van Gogh

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Joseph Chilton Pearce

“I’m going to learn to sail.”

Kaz’s brow furrowed, and he cast her a surprised glance. “Really? Why?”

“I want to use my money to hire a crew and outfit a ship.” Saying the words wrapped her breath up in an anxious spool. Her dream still felt fragile. She didn’t want to care what Kaz thought, but she did. “I’m going to hunt slavers.”

“Purpose,” he said thoughtfully. “You know you can’t stop them all.”

“If I don’t try, I won’t stop any.”

“Then I almost pity the slavers,” Kaz said. “They have no idea what’s coming for them.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

“START somewhen, somewhere or you won’t reach anywhere”
Mystqx Skye

What is this squeeze of an avocado going to do? For now, write. And applying to a master degree “bigger than me”. Tomorrow maybe hit the gym…about that, who knows.

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Italian from Taranto, Australian from Melbourne, a “born again gamer (?)”. Writing about social psychology, businesses, and most likely, quite a bit of poetry!

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