I found the shortcut you’ve been looking for.

There is a harsh truth that hits like a ton of bricks once you find it. We, as humans, spend so much time researching, reading, plotting, thinking, and speaking about the things we want to do.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations

Things we generally want to do, that we know are possible, because other humans regularly do them: learn a language, play an instrument, learn to cook, read more, go to the gym, run a marathon, learn a new skill, get better at public speaking, learn to ride a motorcycle, write a book, make a movie, make a budget, eat healthier. Do any of these sound familiar? Have you run into a wall when tackling these? Perhaps you’ve bought a guitar, played a day or three and then set it down because it was too hard. This is something EVERYONE goes through. So what’s the secret? How do I finally break past the barrier of entry and read more, cook at home more, run a 5K or go to the gym? I hope you’re ready for this. It’s going to change your life, and I don’t say that lightly.

What’s the easiest way to do something? Do it.

Jocko Willink- Discipline equals freedom: Field manual

That’s it. Do it. In order for anything to come to fruition we must act. It really is that simple. We look to those we admire and see the end result without taking into account the work that came before the success. Any small step towards a goal is a step taken away from inaction.

The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” and finally soared in the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.

Bruce Lee – Striking Thoughts

In case it wasn’t clear, the shortcut is hard work. Relentless hard work. We know life can be hard. You’ll probably be made fun of for trying, you’ll most likely feel insecure, you most likely won’t be good at your chosen endeavor when you first start, you might be a minority in said skill set, and you’ll probably feel alone at some point because others won’t understand why you keep going. It doesn’t matter, get over it, and take action. Be a doer, not a doubter.

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