I am realizing that there are two types of people in the world: people who do things and people who think about doing things.
I’ve come to the self-realization that I am the latter.
There is nothing that gets me fired up more than a good idea. How cool would it be to start my own business? How fun would it be to learn programming and write my own software?
You can only imagine what my brain is like with graduation looming just a month away. There are a million things I could do when I graduate. A billion different paths my career could bend. I get excited about one idea, and then the next week it’s gone and a new one is in it’s place.
When I look for advice from the people I admire—they all say the same thing: do what you love, kid.
That’s great advice except for one thing… I love it all. Well, really, I love the idea of it all. I am intellectually paralyzed by the smorgasboard of options that life has for me.
I’ve never liked choices. That’s why I embraced the minimalist lifestyle… less choices means less stress. I figure I can always learn to be content with something if that’s the only choice I have. It’s only when there are multiple good choices that I become anxious and jittery.
The advice I want to share with others in my situation is this: just make a choice and go with it. There is nothing that says you can’t make things up as you go, or throw things in reverse and start over. But here’s the thing… you won’t do anything until you do something.
Right now, you’re sitting with a loaded cannon and trying to line up the enemy perfectly in your sites. But you have no idea if the cannon’s aim is accurate. You could be wasting your time. What you should do is fire a shot, see where it lands, and then make adjustments. You could literally sit there all day (or worse– you whole life) without ever firing a shot.
Ready, Fire, Aim.
In a world of infinite possibilities, I believe this is becoming the only way. We often have to make decisions with not enough information and more options than we could ever process anyway. When you strike early, you gain valuable insights.
With that new information, you can develop a better strategy. It’s a little messier (and scarier) living this way. But what’s the alternative… doing nothing?
The editor of Ethical Living, and pursuer of relatively interesting information, Simon has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales, and is a photo-journalist and writer whose written and photographic work has been represented by the AFP news agency and appeared in newspapers across Europe and Asia.