Steal your permission

It seems a lot of us spend a lot of time reading about how to do more stuff.

This is another one of those articles.

I’ve spent the last 13 years doing more stuff than most people. I’ve designed hundreds of posters, taken hundreds of photos, recorded hundreds of podcasts, designed hundreds of record sleeves, designed hundreds of logos, designed and made hundreds of websites. I committed recently to daily writing practice for the rest of my life. And recently I’ve become obsessed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so there’s usually not a day that goes past where I’m not practicing that. And I lift weights a lot. And still, I’ve started more stuff than I’ve finished. I do all of this in my spare time as side projects.

This isn’t just a humblebrag. OK, maybe it is a bit, but I’m edging towards a point.

I’m not superhuman. I have the same 24 hours as you. I like to get 8 hours sleep every night. I like to socialise and relax. I’m not running myself into the ground (I stopped doing that about 6 years ago).

So where do I find the time?

  1. I make time.


By doing these other things.

  1. I don’t spend any time doing stupid shit. I don’t really use Facebook, I don’t spend much time on social media.
  2. I don’t watch TV much. I spend most of my evenings relaxing by exercising, reading or writing.
  3. I don’t waste my time with people I don’t want to see.
  4. I enjoy what I do.
  5. I don’t wait for permission to start something. I just start it.

All of those points are important but I think Number 6 is the most important. I’ve started a lot of things and I’m never good at them when I started.

If you want to be a writer, a police officer, an astronaut or anything else, nobody is lining up to give you permission.

Nobody needs to bestow you the ancient right to take your skills. The only way you acquire any of these skills is by deciding you want to do something then going off and doing it.

The first step is the only one that matters. You must decide to start. You must decide to put pen to paper. You must decide you want to change your life. You must decide you want to be something.

Nobody will give you that, and you can’t wait for somebody to come and decide it for you.

You have to take it.

Go start something. Go steal your permission.

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