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“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
― Steven Pressfield

Today, as I woke up again at 5am and sat myself to write, I found myself struggling with a topic as I haven’t written in a while. It is indeed annoyingly frustrating because one thing about doing something daily is that you start to become good at it, and the frustration that comes with starting, vanishes. Right now, however, I’m struggling to come up with something that can help you in your day, but hey, I guess we all have this problem so let’s see what is the best way to make our way through it.

I believe that true work is done in the very first hours. I’m not referring the first hours ofBook-and-pen-top-10-wallpaper-hd6 your actual job, but the first hours in a morning that you’ve decided to wake up early, those hours that you can fill with whatever you like, whatever creative endeavor you’ve had in your mind for a while but haven’t pushed through. It can be learning a new language, writing, creating videos for youtube or simply reading.

When you wake up early, you fill your time with meaningful work and that is the kind of work that is needed. It’s almost like a test, if you want to live, eventually, from the thing that you like doing the most, you have to put the work in it.

Waking up early to work is not easy, it requires willpower and mental effort, but the rewards are infinite in comparison to the regret that can be felt at the end of everything for not giving ourselves even the small chance of leaving something of meaning behind.

Getting good at being uncomfortable

Just as Steven in the beginning quote and myself starting said, it’s not easy, obviously, Sysyphusyou are scared of whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, success is never a guarantee. But what we have to understand is that it doesn’t matter.

I do not know if I shall make progress, but I prefer to lack success rather than to lack faith.

Seneca

It is not up to us whether our work will be great or not, what is up to us is to do the best that can be done given our situation. To focus solely on what is under our control, the rest doesn’t matter.

Sitting down to work or do anything of meaning will require a fight against comfort. It’s that simple, and that fight must be fought constantly. This is why the feeling of uncomfortableness must become the new comfort.

Excuses

There is always an excuse for not doing meaningful work. You will always be able to find a reason for not doing what you know you should be doing.

  • I’m too tired
  • I don’t have a degree
  • I don’t have a camera
  • I am too old
  • I am too young

There are always excuses. Notice how there are lots of “I’s” there. It doesn’t help to put the problems on yourself.

Practice objectivity

For example, My body and mind are tired, what is there to be done about it? Maybe have a quick nap or maybe become comfortable with being uncomfortable and do the work anyways. Always remember that the obstacle is the way. 

Meaningful work isn’t easy, it requires courage and determination, the truth is that almost no one does what he wants to be doing in life.

Be the exception.

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Wise and stupid


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If you want to improve be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Epictetus

Just yesterday I was working on something on my computer when I asked a friend how

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was I supposed to do something. My brother yelled: Jesus you are so stupid! haha! (classic brothers joke) but there it is, pretty simplified, what Epictetus warned about. To improve you have to be willing to be thought stupid.

What could I have done? Perhaps looked it up for myself? Maybe, but that is not the point I’m trying to make. If I had looked it up for myself because I thought that it would be faster, it would have been just fine. What is wrong here is the fear of looking stupid. That is what would have impeded me to improve and know something I did not knew before.

How many times in our lives have we negated ourselves the opportunity to learn something for fear of looking stupid?

Think about your life, have you ever had any situations similar to mine? Maybe in the classroom or in work as well.

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”

― Albert Camus

Easier said than done right?

Specially today, when we are being rewarded for approval the entire day. The more likes and follows you get, the better you will feel about yourself. But don’t you think that this is just a different version of the story I told you about me and my brother?

We are too concerned by how others look at us.

By caring too much about what others think of you, you are, maybe not consciously but definitely voluntarily, striping yourself first, from learning and second, from individuality and independence.

It’s funny how we popularly think about a wise man as someone very, well, wise. With lots of experience and wisdom. We like to imagine Gandalf and we like to imagine power as well.

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But here, in real life, a wise man is a person that has gone through a lot and therefore has a lot of experience. In fact a wise man has made a lot of mistakes but what differentiates a wise man from a foolish man is that he actually was willing to take the lesson from the mistakes he made.

That requires a learning mentality which is willing to be thought stupid and foolish.

Today, be willing to learn. Focus on the betterment of yourself and therefore society as a whole.

Besides this will free you, caring too much about what other people think is extremely mentally demanding. When you no longer care, you are free to be authentic and that feeling is just priceless.

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