Another week is coming to an end and although I could sincerely say that I’ve learned a lot whether it’s with my fitness routine, work, or life – I still find myself in moments of disappointment. Patience has never been one of my most practiced virtues, but I guess I’m getting there. This past week I read some excerpts from Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow where he talks about comedy and life.
“You have to have a dream before you can execute it. That the people who succeed are the ones who think through what the next stages of their careers might be, and then work incredibly hard, day after day, to attain their goals. They don’t just flop around like fish. They have a vision, and they work their asses off to make it a reality.”
For those that know me, you know that I always act like I’ve got it all figured out. I fake it till I make it kind of thing, and while it’s gotten me this far – I generally feel like I know nothing (about anything)! I’m the kind of person that wants to know things just to say “I know this,” but feeding your curiosity is sooo important and the part of learning that people don’t seem to emphasize. For example: I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person that watches documentaries. So I’d switch on Netflix and 6 minutes into a National Geographic show about Meerkats I’d be bored out of my mind and think I’m the stupidest person ever. Suddenly my intelligence was measured against my interest in Meerkats which only resulted in self-hatred. Hind-sight I’m a weirdo to think watching a documentary about Meerkats would increase my self-confidence, but the people I’ve always admired were the ones that geeked out about something and let that topic consume them. You just have to figure out what’s worth the consumption.
It wasn’t until recently that I found out the things that I could truly dive into. Like I’ve mentioned before I’m obsessed with productivity, documenting my life, and perception. That’s where marketing strategy comes from. How do I get people to buy into this? Whatever this is. My boss recommended a documentary on Netflix to me called Abstract, the Art of Design, and now I’m hooked. Learning about things is cool, but being able to keep them in your figurative tool box and apply them is cooler.
Start a new book and if you hate it then toss it! You don’t have to struggle through things anymore. You could be reading the secrets of the world, but if you’re not interested then you’re not interested. I forced myself to try and learn all these [pretentious] things and none of them ever stuck. Moral of the story: stop wasting your time and do something you like and the learning will come easy.