I study ultra-successful people on a regular basis.
Why? I’m constantly in pursuit of success.
And a wise man once said that who you will be in five years is a direct result of the people you meet and the books you read.
This little gem is directly from one of my favorites, Dan Kennedy. Quoted directly from his newsletter this month:
“Some people claim their paralysis is MY fault. I get the ‘…but I don’t know what to do first‘ and ‘I’m just overwhelmed’ whining a lot. As if there was some neat, orderly, 1-2-3, follow the footprints on the floor path to the Millionaire’s Club.
Success is a mess; simultaneous not sequential massive action; starting many initiatives and having some pan out, egg on face and bloodied nose, fumbling in the dark; motion not meditation. Dr. Maltz pointed out nobody gets to goals via straight lines; everybody zig-zags- but you can’t zig or zag if you are standing still.
Hell, I don’t know where to start. I usually start somewhere by doing something. I don’t write my books by outline. I write. A mess. Then print it all out and sit with scissors, stapler, tape and sticky-notes and hack it apart and put it back together in more sensible order and let the outline come out of the work.
I write copy the same way. Presentations the same way. Half the time when I’m home by myself, I don’t even know what I’m going to eat; I just get stuff out of the refrigerator.
Sure, organized effort, is better than chaos, but any effort is better than no effort. You can over-think things. In racing it’s the biggest sin: over-thinking the drive instead of just driving.
If you’ve never witnessed an Amish barn-building, you should. When somebody needs a barn, the whole community gathers at their place, the women fix food and the guys put up a big barn, from zero to finished, in a day. No blueprints. No real discussion. Everybody just grabs wood and hammer and nails and starts putting stuff together. Interesting. ‘Course they’re not stopping 50 times to check their email and tweets on their Droid and that does help with the productivity. But still, a barn in a single afternoon. I had a guy in a coaching group once who worked on one sales letter for 2 years and never got it in the mail.
I imagine he’s got a droid.
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