Who Knows?

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“Most great accomplishments were achieved by people who at first had no idea what they were doing,” Brendon Burchard.  Throughout history most great achievements were met by those curious few bold enough to give their idea a shot.  From the beginning of time, the ones seeking to improve life were looked at as insane—there was no concept of innovation until after the fact.  From making fire work, to the wheel, to houses we can carry on our backs, to taming wild horses, to trains, electricity. To agriculture, to permanent homes, to industry—all of these fields/things were seen as crazy.  And people did them anyway.

When we have an idea we think can change the world, fear will tell us every excuse under the son to not pursue it.  In those moments look back on any innovation in the world and see that nearly every idea started with curiosity—not the idea of perfection.  As far as the fear that everything has been done already, well that is fairly true—but it hasn’t been done by you.  And it also hasn’t been done in the time you exist.  Today’s advances in technology means things are in and out of style within a few months.  That means there is always room for something else.

The other concept of innovation is personal evolution.  Developing faith in your abilities and going beyond what you see is key to creating something worthwhile—because you’re making yourself a worthwhile person.  It is when you invest in your own development that you recognize the needs of others and your role in making things better.  Take your wants out of the equation and look at the needs of other people.  That is the fastest way to find something worthwhile to do.  And finding something new means recognizing a gap in the system that could use some improvement. 

Stop looking down on yourself because you aren’t an expert.  The world doesn’t need more experts: it needs people who give a damn and can legitimately fulfill a purpose.  We need humanity.  So put your fears aside and stop asking what you can do as if you’re helpless and start asking what you can do with intention.  And then, just for the hell of it, ask yourself what you want to do.  Get curious about life and how it works and see where you fall in so you can stand out.  But don’t let the fear of not knowing hold you back.  Information is available everywhere.  You just need to get curious and have some faith that you can do what you set your mind to.

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