Allow Obstacles to Show You the Way

Tommy Leung wrote this on Aug 1, 2018
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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