Learning vs taking action

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Hi there,

just wanted to share something that I've been thinking about in the last few days.
Sometimes, I tend to want to learn and learn and learn, simply because I feel that there's something else that I need to know before I can do something that I want to do. I feel that somehow - magically - if I learn something else -just another small thing - I will be able to accomplish something that I haven't before.

And to be honest, there's nothing wrong with that.

The problem happens when I start to use this as a justification (excuse) for not taking action or even if the action that I take is limited because I feel that I don't as yet have enough knowledge.

In the past this used to be something which held me back, but when I sat alone and thought about the whole process, I understood that it was time for me to use what I learned in order to add value to othersand at the same time, get myself out of the rut that I would be in.

So to conclude all I wanted to say was this:

if you're feeling that you constantly need to learn something new, that somehow once you get the next piece of information or the latest and juiciest trick, that somehow you'll be able to achieve what you want - you're wrong.


You'll never get to where you want to be unless you put down the book and start writing your own journey which starts by simply taking the first action step today, the next one tomorrow and continuing doing this every single day until you arrive where you want to be.

Of course, you'll meet obstacles along the way and there's nothing wrong with learning how to overcome these obstacles by obtaining more information - HOWEVER, at the point where you know that you can take the next step but choose to continue hunting for more knowledge, maybe it's time to self analyze what's happening OR just continue on your journey and see what happens next!

Just my thought for the day!

Kevin
#action #learning #taking
  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    Definitely true, Kevin.

    As important as learning from books/guides/courses is, you need to take action on that if you want to create any kind of results.

    There was a point in time when I bought a LOT of courses on how to drive traffic with YouTube but I always kept telling myself I needed to "learn a little more".

    Naturally, when I finally started making videos, that's when I truly understood what I was doing (and started seeing results).

    After all, it's said that there is no learning experience like doing.

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author delicbilj
    I think that everybody learns the most from their own experience, no matter was it good or bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author imperets
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. What matters is whether the material comes from a competent source and whether it's useful for you. Personally, I set aside at least 2 hours a day to go through paid online courses on programming (including 1 hour of practice), because I know that acquisition of new skills in that field has a direct impact on my bottom line (i.e. hiring an outsourcer vs not) and I really like doing it. But that's me.

    In retrospect, I wish I knew about Coursera, Lynda.com and such back in 2011 right before I started my online business. The things I'd learn before taking ANY sort of action would be:

    1. Fundamentals of online marketing. That way I could get a high-level overview of what advertising methods are available on the internet and what each method is about. Many people jump to learning very specific strategies without having a clue how the market operates and what drives sales.

    2. WordPress. Knowing this CMS inside out from the very beginning of my online career would have helped me tremendously. If you are looking to work online, chances are you are going to need websites. WordPress allows a regular person with a tiny budget to build attractive feature-rich websites, which would otherwise cost hundreds through outsourcers.

    3. Fundamentals of copywriting. This one is obvious.

    4. Fundamentals of design. When I look at some of the stuff I built in 2012, I cannot believe how ugly it is even by that year's standards. If I took a design course, I would have avoided many of the common mistakes and increased my conversions for sure. Design has an enormous impact on conversions, and again, one might not be able to afford hiring a freelancer for that.

    Getting quality knowledge on those subjects will definitely not hurt anyone and will possibly save some people from falling victim to unrealistic claims.

    Although, I agree with the OP that learning stuff from IM products just for the sakes of learning is a waste of time, unless you actually implement the ideas in practice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    it's a lack of self confidence ..

    find something where you can learn do ..make mistakes ..and learn from those and do better ..for me it was cooking..

    also don't try to hit a grand smlam..the first time up ..there are many things you can't actually learn without doing
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  • Profile picture of the author johnlagoudakis
    Thanks Kevin.

    A lot of people suffer from 'paralysis of analysis'.

    I also don't get as much done as I should because I can be a perfectionist.

    Imagine if car manufacturers or computer manufacturers waited until they build the perfect car or computer...

    ...we wouldn't have either.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    This is so true.
    We're buying into hopes and dreams. When we buy courses to learn how to make more money, we're helping other people to make money.

    Of course, learning is still very important, but we need to take action in order to create the results we want. I have always tell myself to stay focused in what I do. Stop searching for the next big thing or the next great course that promise the best way to make money.
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    • Profile picture of the author pankja
      In some cases learning is first step and action comes second. But sometimes we take action first and then we learn analyzing where we were wrong or right. So it depends. Everyone has own opinion, whether go first to learn and take action or first take action and then learn side by side. When we learn first and take action, then possibility of mistakes are less. On the contrary, possibilities of mistakes are uncertain. But the end result is I have to take action. Whether I learn and take action or take action and learn. That goes side by side.
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  • Profile picture of the author rirara
    True
    Sometimes you are paralyzed knowing too much of certain field. It happens with programming and it happens with other fields too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim John Jr
    I've been there. I've been reading books for years and years and years.

    2016 for me is a year to take action.

    I read the book The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. It has some very actionable material. In other words, be unreasonable when trying to get results, and you'll get results.

    I also read the book The 7 Day Startup by Dan Norris. He hit the nail on the head when he said that I am a wantrepreneur. I need to take action to be an entrepreneur.
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