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Why “You just need to get started…” is bad advice.

28 Sep

In a recent collaborative post, Ramit Sethi (Stanford) and Cal Newport (MIT) challenge the self-evident truth of ‘You just need to get started…”

They advocate mulling over an idea much longer than is traditionally expected… and only acting on it when you have fully thought it through. This exactly aligns with how we leverage the journal in Drawing Down the Vision.

A journal is your catalog of your ideas. This historical record allows you to see how an idea evolved and merged with others. If you see the same blockbuster idea popping up over 6-12 months… you may want to revisit it in a more critical manner. See our Practice posts for practical guides on how to do that.

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“How many times have you heard someone say, “You just need to get started”?

I’ve even said it myself — that the hardest part of nearly anything meaningful (health & fitness, managing your money, etc) is getting started.

But Cal Newport, a published author and PhD in computer science at MIT, disagrees.

Cal will show you why it’s important to look beyond quick tactical wins and instead focus on the strength of your idea, which takes painstaking practice and ongoing iteration.”

Ramit Sethi via IWillTeachYouToBeRich

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