Justin Wright

Weekly Recap - Do the Damn Thing

publishedabout 1 year ago
3 min read

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This week we are talking about diving in, taking action, getting your hands dirty, and building confidence by doing.

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Do the Damn Thing

You know you should take advantage of that opportunity, but you don't. Not because you don't want it, but because you don't feel prepared. What if you don't know how to do something? What if your new boss realizes you can't hit the ground running on Day 1? What if everyone around you starts suspecting that you don't know what you're talking about? Maybe if you take a little bit longer to learn then you'll be ready the next time around...

Wait, did you not receive your copy of the life handbook that every successful person has read front to back? For more than a few seconds, you might have actually believed that such a guide exists. The reality is, no one knows what they're doing. One of the best phrases I ever heard was that, whether we flip burgers or run a Fortune 500 company, we all put our pants on the same way in the morning. We all deal with the same struggles, the same insecurities, the same doubts; those who are successful simply take the leap anyways.

Failure to plan is planning to fail, but eventually you can plan yourself into a dead end. It's important to have a game plan, and there is a minimum level of requisite knowledge needed to pursue certain goals. I don't care how much you love medicine, there is a baseline level of practice and education required to perform surgery. The issue is that for most things we are afraid to attempt, we already possess the requisite knowledge.

There is not one career or activity I'm aware of where the majority of learning doesn't happen on the job. Simply put, the knowledge that you are afraid of lacking can only be unlocked by doing the very thing you're afraid of. You will fall short, you will stumble, you will make mistakes, you will colossally mess something up. The good news is that everyone must go through these missteps on the way to success.

The next time you are afraid, realize that everyone else is afraid too. You aren't unique in that regard, and that is an empowering notion. Someone out there is less qualified than you are, doing the very thing you wish you could be doing, because they put a smile on and pretended they were ready. So why not you? Your time will come as soon as you decide to do the damn thing, whether you feel ready or not.

Hit List

The most interesting things I've encountered this week:

What I'm watching: The Rescue on Disney+

This documentary chronicles the incredible rescue of a Thai soccer team in 2018. You likely remember the headlines, but a group of young Thai boys and their soccer coach entered a series of caves in Northern Thailand that then flooded, trapping them all inside. Directed by Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), this film is absolutely phenomenal.

A great thread on living life: How old will your kids be if you die at 85? on Twitter

This thread is an extension of today's blog; essentially, it highlights the inability for us to "buy experiences" as we age. Despite how important it is to be fiscally responsible, it's equally important to live life and take advantage of your youth. Finding that balance can be challenging, but it's worth giving some thought.

What I'm listening to: I Will Teach You to Be Rich podcast by Ramit Sethi

To expand on the Twitter thread above, our relationship with money is strongly affected by our past and our upbringing. This podcast examines financial struggles with real couples, and Ramit attempts to help people rewire their behaviors around money in a more positive way. As a society we don't talk about money often enough, and this podcast may help you tackle some of your deep-seated biases.

What you should read: I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

The book that came before the podcast above. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend this book as a great starting point for financial intelligence. The steps are simple, actionable, and powerful. When combined with Ramit's podcast, this book can change your life.

Thought of the week:

What task, action, or opportunity have I been pushing aside for fear of not being prepared enough?

What small step can I take right now to overcome this inaction?

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Justin Wright

Former chemist, former pro athlete, and current film producer sharing the lessons I've learned along the way.