Courage

Business advice, Conquering Fears, Stoic advice

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“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” 
― Seneca

How do you begin setting up a business? Or learning Chinese or Japanese? How the bloody hell did Elon Musk built a space company after building Paypal without knowing anything about rockets?

You just do so.

Don’t get caught up in the trap of thinking too much before actually starting to do anything you’ve been thinking about doing.

I truly don’t believe there is even 1 person who knows exactly what they are doing all the time, life is just too complex and chaotic and our brains are not big enough for the task.

Our brains are great improvisers.

What would you do if you were thrown in an Island by yourself with a knife, a backpack and a bottle of water?

Well, after freaking out about your situation and calming down, the smartest thing you could do would be to scout. You’d need to know where you are and you’d also need to know what are the resources available.

From that point forward you’d maybe looking for Wilson and planning your way out of the island to get back home.

The same is true with everything else. Finding purpose? Scout. Where do you think you might find it? I’m sure you have at least a vague idea.

“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.” 
― Alfred Adler

Go out, read the book, google the business industry you want to get into and research. By doing this you will start carving your path towards it.

And by the way, Elon Musk answer to how he started Space X was: “I started reading as much as I could about Rocket Science”

Courage

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
― Marcus AureliusMeditations

In the end, trying something new, starting a new project and almost everything venture related resumes in an act of courage. The courage to actually do it.

It’s common to say that you don’t do this because you don’t yet have this or you don’t do that because of that but if we take it to its core, it’s just a matter of courage.

The reason we repel doing something new is because we fear failure. Not really being able to do the thing we’ve been saying we are going to do is terrifying and so it feels better to just trick (supposedly) ourselves and others by saying that we can’t do it because of something. The thing is, this way of thinking is precisely what keeps us from doing anything, because that something is a lie, an excuse.

You have to realize that failure is needed to know the difference between what works and what doesn’t.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius

It’s not entirely hard to do something, that’s what your brain is for, but the actual decision to do it or not to will determine if you ever begin to live or not.

Realize that this decision is universal in your life, not just in one area.

The hardest part, undoubtedly is the start, conquer that first, answers will appear once you do.

Begin at once to live.

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“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing worthwhile is easy, have you noticed? Things require time and effort. That’s nothing new. If I’d ask you, how much time will it take you to:

  • learn to play guitar?
  • speak Chinese?
  • set up a business from zero?

Would you know? I ‘m sure you have at least an idea. It’s funny because we would all love to do so many more things but we don’t, someday we say.

Learning and doing new stuff isn’t as hard as we think it is.

In fact, it is pretty straightforward. If you want to learn Chinese, for example, you could just go to ask Google for a free class of Chinese and start. Here I’ll do it for you:

Learn Chinese for free

I say things are pretty straightforward because there isn’t anything magical or mystical about learning something new or starting a new venture. Things just need time, anyone with full mental faculties can learn anything if they really set their minds to it.

The hard part is the battle you have to undergo with yourself. That’s the hard part. Procrastination is easy, you can tell (lie) to yourself that you can totally do something if you set yourself to do it, you’ll just do it later. And you certainly can, but, when you actually sit down to learn or to plan something, you suddenly become conscious of all the things that you don’t know.

Procrastination lets you think you are smart. True work shows you how utterly dumb you really are and put things in perspective.

The problem with never starting is that you will never know what you are truly capable of doing, you will never hear a song or meet your lovely Chinese wife/husband. Things are hard, but they are hard because you need to rise up to their level, make yourself harder. Hard things show you what you need to learn, they literally show you the way.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” ― Marcus Aurelius

But it will take forever! You might say.

Yes, things take time, obviously. But, the way I see it, time can work for you or against you. If you learn a new language daily, for a year, you will have a year on your side. If you postpone learning the language for a year, you will be a year behind.

Half an hour a day might seem minuscule in comparison to all that it’s needed to do something. But just like the river carved the Grand Canyon into existence, so does tiny, daily consistent action. Let the river flow.

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