Are you stalling?

I am a fan of frameworks, as a way to organize complex thoughts and providing a map to follow. I have created my fair share over the years.  It gives us a way to start and guidance. But it's just that, guidance. It's not absolute.  You might have another way to frame things that is just as good. It's  your vision of the world or your way of approaching this problem. Great, let’s compare and contrast and choose one way to approach things. 

There is no absolute certainty in a framework and looking for it only delays the hard work that needs to be done. The world we seek to create doesn’t exist yet. The technology we’ll be living with in 15 years, hasn’t come to fruition and its full impact is yet unknown. 

The uncertainty of it is the point. The important thing is to start. The risk of doing nothing almost certainly outweighs the risk of doing something. 

Steeping in your own expertise for too long can keep you stuck in that one way to approach a problem or enamored with that one mental model. Or conversely, if you’re like me, and slightly addicted to learning, it might keep you digging for more and more knowledge. And this of course is a trapping of your own doing, as knowledge is an endless well. 

We don’t succeed because we’re ready, or because all of our ducks are in a row and all the lights are green. Success comes when we start because there is no other choice but forward movement. We start when status quo has become worse than the fear of failing. 

Begin and the path will become clearer at every misstep.  Every failure shows us how NOT to do something the next time around.  

In my experience, those who seek certainty are usually stalling. Not knowing is scary but standing still has bigger consequences. In a world that changes so fast, be wary of those that say they have THE way.  Clarity of vision and a destination is much more important than the route to get there. Many different roads could lead to the same place. 

Commit. Plant a seed and see what takes root. 


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