Spending Time In Your Craft vs Around It

I’m a very analytical guy, and if you enjoy reading my blog you probably are as well. I examine the most minuscule details of everything that’s important to me. This is good because I’m constantly “Sharpening the saw,” and becoming more intelligent with how I approach life.

It also allows me the luxury of having essentially infinite ideas for blog content. However, this strange neurotic tendency also has a downside. Sometimes I spend more time researching my approach to something than actually doing it. I’ve gotten much better with this over the last few years, but I’m not perfect, and it’s still something I have to consciously monitor to prevent it from creeping back into my life.

What’s important to realize it you don’t become a master at something by learning how to learn about it. You can’t improve your social skills just by watching pickup videos. You can’t become a stronger version of yourself just by reading my blog. You don’t learn a language by learning how to learn a language. When it comes down to it, you’ve gotta teach yourself.

This is scary. I know. It’s easy to defer responsibility to others for your learning. But it’s also highly ineffective. People can learn, but they can’t be taught. If you’re not ready for the information I’m presenting you it’ll be impossible for you to retain it.

Teachers aren’t useless, but you’ve gotta have the reference experiences to understand where they’re coming from. If you have no social skills, and you don’t go out, but you watch pick up videos anyway you’re wasting your time. If you don’t lift, but you’re watching Elliot Hulse’s videos on how to increase your bench press you’re wasting time.

But, if you start going out, suddenly the pick up videos will start to make sense. You’ll see how they relate to your own experiences, and at this point the consumption of them will begin to accelerate your progress. Once you start lifting weights you’ll actually begin to understand what Elliot is recommending and have the ability to implement it into to your training routine.

It’s great to spend time “Sharpening the saw,” but it’s also important to realize that without reference experiences it’ll be difficult to do so. The majority of your time has to be spent taking action. Regardless of how sharp it was, no saw has ever cut anything without someone using it.


It’s been about four months since I began recording vlogs, and it’s crazy to see how much the videos have improved since then!

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