I wrote a book about cheese a few years ago.
Because every book had so much fluff, just words that doesn’t mean anything. “The flavor dances on your palate like a pfffff…” And they all were terribly designed (bad design is a pet peeve of mine).
Do you know what the difference between provolone and mozzarella?
None of the books would tell me, so I hit the pavement, talked to chefs and cheese experts and put everything I learned into the book.
I wanted something better, so I made it.
It took me 9 months.
Then I did a second book, this time about seafood. It took me 6 weeks.
The word ‘tomorrow’ was removed from my vocabulary.
‘Tomorrow’ was replaced by ‘Today’.
“Only put off until tomorrow that which you’re willing to die having left undone” -Pablo Picasso
The vast majority of people will die with goals, wishes, dreams, novels, experiences still inside of them.
And there’s one reason why:
They’ll get to it tomorrow.
When I had my office job, we did “bucket lists”. Things that we were going to do before we died. Probably 7 people had “Skydiving” and 3 had “run a marathon”. I ran a marathon when I was 15 and went skydiving last October, and I don’t say that to say I’m better than them.
But I do have one thing they don’t: if I think I want to do something, I just do it.
I don’t create lists of things that I’d like to do ‘someday’.
Just get out there and do it.
The skydiving airfield was an hour away, and the HR girl’s husband used to fly there, so I trusted them.
10 am, a typical Saturday morning, I finished watching an episode of Breaking Bad and was about to put another on (WHY?) and then I just stood up.
Lace up your boots.
Called the skydiving place, and they said if I was there in 45 minutes, they’d let me jump.
Just go do it, don’t talk about it, don’t think about.
“Fear ain’t in the heart of me, I learned just do it; you get courage from your fear right after you go through it.” – T.I.
The next thing that happens can’t be explained or understood without sounding stupid, but let’s try.
When you break through the first barrier (“I’m not a guy who skydives”) you start to realize that the only thing that changed was what you did.
Suddenly, you’re a guy who skydives, because you did it.
If you’re lucky, you’ll realize that everything that you think ‘I’m not’, you just have to do, and then you are.
It sounds ridiculously simple and it is.
What do you want?
Then go get it.
You will fail, but that’s a good thing. If you haven’t failed recently, you’re not pushing hard enough.
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” -TS Elliot
Until next time,