Have you ever caught yourself saying, “When X happens, then I’ll do Y”?
I really hate this line of thinking.
Time is all we got, and we don’t even have that; time is finite.
All of us have a very limited amount of time on this planet. So why do we use phrases that put things off into the unpromised and uncertain future?
We’re lying to ourselves. You’re either moving forward–towards your goals, your aspirations, to the call of your soul–or you’re dying.
Time is your friend, but it can also be an enemy depending on you use it.
Two Ways of Seeing Time
I think there two very different ways of seeing time:
View 1: I’m going to die someday–time to do it now
View 2: We’ve got time, plus, we don’t want to make too many mistakes…
I like to think of view 1 as ready, fire, aim and view 2 as “tempered action.”
The first approach is more experimental and has constraints built right in. It sees action as the strategy and adjusts accordingly.
The second approach, “tempered action,” is much more conservative. It wants more research, more data, and more testing before action is taken.
I’m a fan of view one, after all, I’m a one-man band.
View 2 is probably the modus operandi of large companies with multiple layers of bueracracy. Does that make large companies bad? No, not necessarily. But they’re simply not as nimble as the entrepreneur or freelancer. The entrepreneur has a different set of constraints that dictate the path forward compared to a Microsoft or Apple.
There’s a saying I like that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together.”
I think there’s some truth in there. But the ultimate truth, no matter which view you subscribe to is this: Make the most of your life and time.
Do it now.