Shia LeBouf and Pablo Picasso know. Why is progress sometimes hard?

“I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.”

Shia LeBouf, actor

I believe the biggest fight any person can be in, is a fight with themselves. Every single self-aware person on earth can think of at least one thing they want to improve about themselves, about their relationships with others, about their jobs, surroundings, about their life.

And after the realization that something has to be improved, something has to be done. And the reality of having to achieve goals kicks-in cruelly, leaving depressed, pissed off, agitated people behind.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

Pablo Picasso, painter

Why is it so hard to do some things? Because they involve things we don’t like doing? Why is it hard to do things we don’t like to do, even if we know we have to do them eventually? What is the single most important characteristic differentiation between those who do and those who postpone? Are lazy people just ‘postponers’ or do super-productive people just not dislike any task somehow? Some are definitely driven by the fear of not doing what they were told to do. Remember the kids in your class who did all the homework every time? What about the kids who did all the homework AND wrote down everything the teacher said, however irrelevant?

Are the goals that are being set really the entire problem? Either too big or too optimistic or whatever? I don’t think so.

Is it the fear of consequences? What if I fail kind of thing?

Imagine if all people possessed the type of character that allowed them to have 100% control of their craving through sheer will power. Would that make Earth a better place to live in? No addictions, no obesity problems?

Bieber baby steps vs. the Mormons vs. Gene Simmons’ fuck-list

Baby steps, new years’ resolutions, over-optimistic plans and hopes, and filtering wisdom not based on source background, but the wisdom itself. Seems simple, but almost unachievable. Do you think Hitler and Churchill agreed on any points? I think we’d all be surprised.

While searching for thoughts of people far wiser than myself (not hard), I’d stumbled upon this quote:

“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become one day.”

Richard G. Scott

It says persistence and focus matter. When delving deeper into the person behind the quote, ’cause the source is important, I learned that Richard G. Scott is a Mormon elder. Well shit… I might not see eye-to-eye with the church of later day saints people, to put it mildly, but should I dismiss the thought? Is it black or white, he can only be right or wrong, or is there a big grey area, like this blog, kinda? That’s what I want to explore with this blog, fact-based discussions and conclusions, preferably through analysing oposing oppinions.

And this post, since it is 1st of January, is about baby steps towards achieving goals, whatever they might be.

What about this next one?

“I love all women, I will never stop, I want every girl that ever lived. I fuck everything that moves and if it doesn’t move… we work something out.”

Gene Simmons of Kiss, another superstar, this time rock’n roll

The guy and his plan. And the way he is willing to adapt to achieve the goal. He couldn’t have done more than two or three at a time right? Sometimes even just one had to do. So he had to have taken it in baby steps. At today’s roughly 3,5 billion women, he could’ve never really achieved it, but I don’t think he had a bad time trying to, right? Sure, he might have felt empty inside from time to time, but the perks of consistency when it came to different orgasms of his sexual partners, constantly learning, discovering new things, it must’ve compensated for the gaping emotional void from time to time.

“But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it”

Justin Bieber, pop superstar, popped-up from below the poverty line, took the right steps.

Even he knows that you’ve got to work for it. And no matter what the popular stance towards his person or music may be, the guy was and is an enormous talent. Musical empires can’t really be built without talent or an excellent plan. So, if you don’t like his music or his act or him as a person, does that mean you should not learn anything from him? Like the Mormon elder who might endorse bigamy and having sisters as wives?

Bieber’s baby steps are far more than just increments adding upon the needed 10,000 hours each expert needs to be great in their chosen field of interest. It’s about recognizing what you want and then doing, doing, doing while taking into account constructive criticism.

So. One year has approximately 8760 hrs. We work, sleep, travel and eat roughly 75% of that time, which leaves about 2190 hrs for all social activities. This means that you will not be able to achieve expert-level capabilities in something you’ve just taken on in 2015, even if you decide to live a friend, sex, party, all-social-activity-less life. But if you’ve taken a baby step towards your goal, it might just work. In a few years, but still.