Allow Obstacles to Show You the Way
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There has never been a time where I wished I had not learned more about a skill or topic.
Yet, I often feel I’m wasting time or not being productive when I take the time to learn instead of producing obvious and visible outcomes.
I’m starting work on a new project. I can get it done quite quickly with the same tools and systems I’ve used before.
But there’s also new ideas and tools out there now. Ones that I don’t know much about and don’t immediately understand on first glance.
Learning something new is hard. I know this and know that persisting through is the right thing to do.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
- Anthony J. D’Angelo
But part of me wants to skip the pain and time spent forcing neurons to make new connections because I can get the results I want quickly if I just got to work now.
The obstacle is the way.
But there are multiple obstacles. There’s the obstacle of learning new concepts and then there’s the obstacle of completing a project.
Deciding and knowing which is the obstacle to face first is the difficult part.
I have always benefited from learning new ideas so that’s the direction I lean. For me that’s the bigger obstacle. So that makes it the way.
Getting started on a project is rarely a problem. Seeing it to completion is more difficult but I tend to slog through it.
It becomes the obstacle so it becomes the way.
This is also short-term versus long-term and I tend to lean towards the long-term. But there are plenty of short-term problems that need to be solved or speaking of the long-term is just wasted breath.
There’s no one-size-fits-all blueprint.
The best solution I’ve come up with is to check in with myself and see how much I don’t want to do something. The more resistance the bigger the obstacle.
The bigger the obstacle the more I know it should be the way.
Allow obstacles to show you the way.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
- Mahatma Gandhi