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The Unexpected Benefits of Doing Anything
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I have rules for my life. These have developed over the decades as a result of life experiences and studying. One rule states, “Err on the side of going and doing.”
This rule emerged when I started to notice all the unanticipated benefits of doing things and going places.
Here is how easy the rule is to apply to your own life.
– Are you debating returning to school to finish up your degree? Do it!
– Are you debating taking two weeks off and going with your friend to Ireland to hike Coast to Coast? Go!
– Are you debating starting that side business crafting handmade wooden boxes? Do it!
– Are you debating signing up for Salsa dance lessons with your partner? Do it!
This rule works because it opens up possibilities. Let me give you an example from my own life.
After a near-death experience in May 2016, I decided to write a book. My only goal was to write the book – I didn’t think much beyond that.
Because I decided to write the book, I have enjoyed so many unexpected benefits. Here are just a few:
1) I discovered that I love writing.
2) I learned a tremendous amount about achievement, motivation, and accomplishment.
3) I met Jonathan Merkh, a very successful publisher and fascinating man. I met Evan Carmichael, a highly influential YouTuber. I met Beth Tallent, a successful publicist who worked with Dave Ramsey for many years. I met Pedram Ghozat, a media company owner in Germany who has turned out to be a valued advisor and friend.
4) I have been the guest on some podcasts – that wasn’t something I envisioned when I started writing my book.
5) I developed a personality assessment (MyPersonality is free here: http://bit.ly/MP_FREE) that 10,000 people have taken and benefited from free!
6) I’ve had some great conversations with a lot of different people about the journey from decision to accomplishment.
Yes, I have also learned how difficult it is to write a book, build a following, and sell books. I value those lessons because I have grown as a person in the face of those challenges.
I could go on, but I think you understand – when you go and do, you reap rewards that far exceed your original purpose.
What are you thinking about and debating right now? I encourage you to err on the side of going and doing. Make the leap of faith. You might be surprised just how beneficial it is.
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