Nature is often the best teacher.
Not to put you to sleep, but do you remember learning about birds?
One minute they’re the cutest creatures in the world, bald babies tucked away in a nest.
Like a playground bully hopped up on crayons, the mother bird swoops in and pushes her babies right out of the nest.
And for a fleeting moment, you’re like, “what the fuck did I just witness? This poor thing is going to die!” as you watch the bird spiral to the cold hard ground.
But soon, wings start to twitch, feathers begin to flutter, and birds start to fly.
Which can only mean one thing:
You learn to fly by falling.
Or in other words, you have to take the leap to hit your goals.
You Can’t Avoid The Plummet
After launching my own business, writing my first book, and directing my first movie, I have a confession.
I thought I could beat the system. I thought I could avoid the pain of plummeting.
As a personal development junkie, I’ve heard the advice.
“Start before you’re ready.”
“You’ll never have it completely figured out.”
“It doesn’t matter how hard you plan; there’s always the unknown.”
To which I rolled my eyes and thought, yeah-maybe-for-you, but certainly not for me.
Because selfishly, I thought I was special.
With all the technology, people, and connections at my fingertips, I can certainly muster up a way to hit my goals without the pain.
I’m different. I’m unique. I’ll beat the odds.
So I studied, planned, and plotted my course.
Unfortunately, the closer I thought I was coming to finally start my new journey, in reality, the more cemented and further away I became.
I had confused progress with procrastination, and the worst part was, I felt good about it.
And after years of studying how to achieve certain dreams, I knew more about the topic but didn’t actually move closer to achieving them.
Because the fact of the matter is, even if you have a plan (and you should have some plan), nothing happens until you jump.
You can’t out clever action.
You can only jump into it.
Whether you roll out the red carpet for your next venture announcing to the world your plans or silently say “fuck it” and carry on, one thing happens after you take the leap.
Your next steps become clear.
Falling puts you into hyperfocus. You figure out what you must do next when you have no other choice.
If you’re running a business, you figure out how to get customers much quicker when you need them to put food on your table.
When you’re writing a book, you discover your characters and their personalities only after writing in flow.
When you start a new job or career path, you figure out the ins and outs of the industry from being in the world.
And that’s the whole fucking gambit.
Life and progress are only experienced by living. It’s the doing that moves the needle, not the thinking.
You can’t taste food by looking at photos, no matter how many filters are applied.
You can’t lose weight by watching fitness videos or having motivation rammed down your throat.
You can’t read about a celebrity’s happy relationship and live it yourself.
It’s taking action that will always make the difference.
Perhaps that’s why some of the richest people in the world aren’t the ones who went to college but are the ones who took massive action.
Some of the best writers have never been formally trained but have been tempered with consistency and reps.
Some of the best artists never went to conventional art school and instead spent years teaching themselves through action.
Because the best teacher is real-world experience, and that takes courage to do.
You learn to fly by falling.
All you have to do is jump.
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