Have you ever noticed that almost no one actually does anything? Somewhere around 99% of people simply tread water in the sea of life, and always seem to be in the same place whenever you check on them. These people aren't dumb or incapable - they're just stuck in a permanent rut.
Listen to people's problems. They're always the same. One person always seems to be just short of rent every month. Another keeps meaning to start some project, but it never materializes. Someone else is always in a bad relationship somehow.
This isn't coincidence or bad luck. If you're in a situation like this, then pay attention : It's your fault.
The easiest in the world to do is complain. So alluring is the complaint that most people choose it over taking action. Observe people around you. How many are actively doing something TODAY that will help them reach their goals? How many will complain some time today about not being where they want to be?
In my experience, there is nothing more powerful than taking massive action. I have many successful friends, and I constantly try to observe what they have in common that less successful people don't have. There are several things I've noticed, but one of the most important is that they all take action.
My friend Steve, who runs Smiley Media, works non stop on his business. If he's at home, he's probably working on it. He dropped out of school to do it. Mystery, Tyler, and other famous Pick up artists go out every night to learn more about meeting women. Very rarely do you see someone who is actually taking massive action on a regular basis who hasn't gotten anywhere. How much action do you think bums are taking? Not much.
Direction is important too, but it doesn't need to be precise. Often people will obsess over every last detail, trying to formulate the perfect plan. This is totally unnecessary, as plans are never followed anyway.
Imagine that you're in Tynanville and you want to get to Springfield. There are two roads, A and B, that both get there. If one person sits around trying to figure out which route is faster, better, or more efficient, and the other person just takes one of the roads, the latter person is going to get their first. Maybe the first person will decide after a while that it's too far away or that there's too much traffic and will never get there. If the second person went in South instead of North he would also never get there, but just knowing the general right direction was enough.
When I wanted to become a professional gambler, I researched but I played at the same time. Within a week I was immersed in gambling and was close to figuring out how to win. If I had spent time overanalyzing everything without getting into the game, I may have never done it.
When I moved to LA to learn pickup I thought I wanted to become a pickup artist. After a while I realized that going out to clubs every night wasn't my lifestyle of choice, but I had learned the confidence and skills that I had really needed.
When I started my first diet two years ago I hadn't done enough research to know that eating meat wasn't healthy. Instead of spending my life researching it while eating hot dogs and french fries I used the best knowledge I had and cut out flour, sugar, and bad fats. A year later when I learned that being Vegan was better, I added those restrictions easily.
Massive action doesn't guarantee success by any means, but it does provide the opportunity for it. When I wrote my book, The Skinny Snob, I jumped right into it. I wrote the book within 24 hours and had the site ready to go in a week. I didn't plan it out, print business cards, and research the market. I ended up making a little money, but in the end the venture fizzled. At least I learned a lot about the game, though, and now when I release my book about meeting women it will be a lot easier.
And hey, I'd rather be doing something than nothing. Just sitting around thinking guarantees failure.
Already since getting fired only 11 days ago I've started a new blog, written a book about meeting women, sold my old house, and have almost built another site that I will launch soon.
If you feel inspired, take some massive action today. It's Sunday, so you're not doing anything else anyway. Buy a house. Start a business. Call your brother that you haven't spoken to in ten years. Break up with your crappy boyfriend and come in my hot tub.
quality. ive been struggling with the same issues. im currently being trained in a private school to just conform and become part of this aimless society. however, im only 17 and having trouble organizing my thoughts as to what i can do about this
The way to do anything is to
1. Make a Picture of what you want
2. Take a Step Towards it.
If you don't take a step, you'll never get anyway, so action is good. But if you don't have a clear picture - or SEVERAL clear pictures - how do you know if you are doing the right thing.
I know a guy... ahem... whose goals are a little bit too abstract... and who gets distracted easily... who knows what would happen if he consistently focused on one picture...
I absolutely agree with this post.
When I retire at the age of 32 filthy rich, the average person will say I got lucky. What the average person won't see (but the people that know me will) was the 80 hour weeks I put in, with 200% dedication to what I'm doing.
Nothing worth doing comes without sacrifice and dedication.
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When I saw the subject line "Massive Action", I was really excited...but it turns out this is about work and stuff. :(
"Paralysis through analysis" is definitely something I am guilty of. But make no mistake: planning is important. (Recall the saying "Fail to plan, then plan to fail".) However, there is a point were the returns you get from planning diminish and further planning will hurt you more than help. The challenge is to recognize this balance point and to do something about it.
Damn man you are right on. I always tell me friends, do something everyday that will bring you one step towards your goals. That way no day is wasted and everyday you are getting better. I mean, with me Im studying PUA or reading about evolutionary psychology (for fun mostly) or studying my field of choice, psychology, or meditating, ect. Point is every day I do something that takes me a step closer to my goals, wether it be my careear, pick up, enlightenment or just looking and feeling my best. I like your whole style of thinking about thing Tynan, you have grasped the concept I am reaching for which is just fully flowing with life so when a chellenge comes you can be a reed in the wind and bend, instead of being a stick and breaking in half.
"Break up with your crappy boyfriend and come in my hot tub."
Taken out of context, this becomes quite humorous.
Great post, I am definently guilty of over planning.
My old yoga teacher used to always say "every journey begins with the first step." thank you for the reminder.
Fundamentally, I think life is about taking action. It's about drawing information from your surroundings, formulating that into a decision, and then finally acting on that decision. People who are successful and happy tend to be those who take a lot of action.
My beef with video games, TV, movies, and other sorts of passive entertainment isn't that there's NO value in them, or that they're fundamentally evil things. It's that they promote NOT taking action. When I see someone whose life is made up mostly of going to a mindless job and then coming home and indulging in passive entertainment, I think of their life as being on pause. Days spent that way just don't count.
A lot of what I think about is what makes people take action and what makes people abstain from taking action. I think about times that I've taken action, and times that I haven't, I think about others around me and their relationship with taking action, and I think about how we can all take action more frequently.
Accomplishing any meaningful goal takes sustained effort over a long period of time. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and unfortunately it's easy to get burnt out from time to time. That's why I've put together a list of 100 motivational quotes compiled from previous blog posts as well as my twitter account. All are 100% original (to my knowledge), so they won’t be the same cliche quotes you’ve already heard 100 times.
1. You can fit in or you can stand out. You can’t do both.
2. You have to go through failure to reach success.
3. It's impossible to improve if you're unwilling to admit improvement's possible.
4. Things will never change until you make the decision to change them.