Solving our everyday problems is not a matter of finding a list of rules to follow.
The internet offers a quick solution to every problem on the planet — just because of this, we should be really careful and suspicious of anything that smacks of “five rules…”, “Three steps to Riches”, or “How to get a Six-Pack in three Weeks Flat”.
There exists a culture of how to to do something, and which buttons are best to push in order to carry out the change.
Listicles that go from top two things all the way down to humongous lists of 201 ways to get your gig in order.
Most of these articles have a well thought out heading that make it difficult for the reader to avoid clicking. The need to click comes through the sense of loss that you might have if you miss out on some really important news, or information that you could act on.
The Circular Question
The reader is always a normal, intelligent person who is at the end of their tether, looking for a solution. The search for a solution is what has now become their focus problem — no longer the question of how to start a business, or the best diet for slimming.
They have fallen into the devils circle of seeking a solution to their wayward and chaotic thinking. It could be money, love, or health, the vultures are always out there on the internet waiting for the stragglers to collapse in the sand and offer themselves up as a tasty and profitable snack.
Energy Saps and False Offers
When all of our energy is sucked out by the repetitious question of where to even start, and “how do I know that my idea is even viable as a business?”, then we are no longer focused on how to execute a plan in business or personal life, but we have fallen for the trap of easy pickings in the world of quick and snappy solutions. We make ourselves prey to the scavengers when we fall into a confusing world of ideas that don’t fit together anymore.
We need to be discerning about our reading. To have a clear idea from the start that nothing in life worth having will ever be easy, and that other people’s solutions can never be anything but a rough guide taken from their own terrain and faulty map of life.
The execution of a plan is not about following a guaranteed cookie cut out version of life.
If you want to achieve something worth having and living, then you are setting the bar high.
Most people go through life and choose the easy route.
The Odds are Stacked
According to the Pareto Principle, a study carried out by Vilfredo Pareto, only 20% of a population achieve anything worthwhile. That figure winds down into small groups and communities too, like a company or a team.
Your abilities to do something are very, very different to the other millions of people who seem to be seeking a similar lifestyle to you. They may have a good way of talking about the problem, but their skills, when executed, can often leave a lot to be desired once they find themselves alone in life’s arena of business and love. Chances are, many of the listicle writers who offer amazing solutions suck, totally, at many of the basic things in life.
Listicles and snippets of information about your subject are for the 80% who like their comfort zones. Those people want the same as you, shelter, food, and security. It’s just that you want it more than them, you might feel that a fast buck working for others isn’t enough, or that you have an magnum opus to work on in life.
All the Things you are, Is Plenty
All the things you are, is all you’ve got for now. But it’ll serve you well as a base to build on and develop. When you are ready to go the course and start implementing a solution to your own life, you will base your thinking on your own intelligence, your own physical environment and some real world observations of other people who are successful in the endeavour that you strive towards.
The ability to achieve something great is nothing more than being an effective human being. It can’t be more than that. The high achievers, and those who live the life, are only being human. The difference is often that they are busy doing it, finding out, and often, learning on the job — in their new environment of business of lifestyle. There are no super powers to be had.
The wasted energy of looking for the answer on the internet is better spent on finding out through actions, mistakes, small wins and revelations that inevitably happen when we go into action, full blast with the little knowledge that we possess.
When we need to find out about something we don’t know about, then to read well written articles that give great insight into the subject will help us get on track. Maybe a book is needed.
Your real goal is to find pertinent points of information that you can turn into knowledge. By taking what you learn, and examining it fully, analysing its potential and reapplying it in the context of your work, and not using up energy to search for the next listicle that might promise alternatives.
Facing up to Reality is Invigorating Stuff
If you intend on achieving something valuable and extraordinary in life, you have to face up to the challenge of plumbing the depths of your subject and using your ability to think and observe critically to find the decent food for thought that will help along to the next step of achievement.
Listicles offer turn-key solutions to your doubts by threading you along a mental path of warm cushiness that feels good. Nothing can come of that but a comfortable Saturday afternoon by the internet fireside.
I don’t want to bash your comfort zone too much, we all need a rest, but high achievers tend to be really hard workers, not-giver-uppers looking for a pair of house slippers, and they are always people who won’t take no for an answer.
Most people in society are happy to be shown the door and then offered a lesser solution to their needs.
Not all business people who are successful are high achievers, there are a lot of businesses which are just about ticking over, and are seeking a better solution to their problems. So their advice is not necessarily “gold” either.
When you want to change and achieve something big, something with meaning and value, it demands that you step out and feel the cold winter air which puts a chill up your spine. To accept that being alone in your thoughts and finding solutions to seemingly impossible questions , causes powerful feelings to rise up inside, and cause you to think that it’s all too much is a necessary battle along the path to greatness.
Much of the battle of getting towards a solution, a new idea that you have fully formed in the mind, down on paper etc, is about getting over yourself and learning to exert self-discipline. Refusing to take no for an answer.
Much of the mindset of a high achieving person is that they know they should rely on themselves in building and developing their ideas. Self-responsibility is a key factor in opening up those areas of the mind that are full of fight and grit, ready to do battle with mediocrity.
I hope your got something of value from reading this article, and all the best for you along the road to a fulfilled life.