Just Do It

I recently read a great piece from one of best creatives in the world, Virgil Abloh, and he shared the following advice (full interview here):

What I notice with a lot of people is that they have big dreams, but they’re still just talking about it. Okay, you want to build a spaceship, and you can’t build it tomorrow. But there are some intermediate steps that you could do that you’re not doing that you’re just talking about. If you want to be Anna Wintour, it’s so possible, but most people just assume it will be possible later, like something magical needs to happen. They believe that more than they believe, like, ‘Hey, I can go to Vogue or I can start my own magazine now and pretend like I’m Anna Wintour and build up enough esteem.’ I guess that’s how I do it — I don’t look at the big goal. I can just chip away. But everyone can do that! There’s no magic. I use opportunities to tell people, ‘You can literally do it.’”

I’ve been paralyzed by overthinking in the past and here’s what I’ve learned and now strive to do:

  1. Ignorance is bliss. Stop thinking and just do it. The more you think about it, the more likely you’ll uncover reasons why you shouldn’t do it.
  2. Break it down. Something that seems impossible becomes possible (and doable) when you break it into smaller steps.
  3. Examine the fear. Ask yourself, “what’s on the other side of fear?” If you examine closely, you’ll realize the fear is hardly as bad as you expected.
  4. Take small bites. Nothing worth pursuing is accomplished in one step. Show up every day and take small steps. You’ll be surprised where you end up.
 
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