Listen and do

You over-complicate learning new skills.

You need 2 things to get better at anything.

  1. Listen.
  2. Do.

Listening takes many forms. You learn, read, watch, get shown something, or just listen.

Doing is practicing, training, doing. Some people call it executing. I call it getting shit done.

Most people don’t do doing enough. We like to spend time learning, because learning gives us that quick dopamine hit. It gives us the short-term pat on the back.

Learning without application is just data acquisition. It won’t help you. Applying the data is the only useful thing.

I learned this quickly when I took up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in February. I got mega excited about learning something new, as I always do when I start learning new stuff.

I started reading loads of books, watching YouTube videos. I got sucked into data acquisition.

Then I stopped, and just started doing more.

I went to more classes a week. I practiced the things I already knew more often. I trained and drilled more than I acquired new knowledge, and I got better. Very quickly.

The fundamentals are important to learn before you learn anything else, then they’re important to apply.

Over, and over, and over.

Listen and do.

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