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This is a trap that I fall into far too often — reading, preparing, thinking, debating, searching, more reading, asking questions, getting worn out from all of that, and then never doing.
Don’t put off acting for too long — it is an important part of the feedback loop that results in you making progress over time. Otherwise, you become one of the “many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt.”
George Orwell — whose real name was Eric Blair — spent 5 years in his early adult life stationed in Burma as an Imperial Police Force officer. The experience shaped many of Orwell’s views on topics such as imperialism, totalitarianism, racism, censorship, and the importance of individual actions. Upon returning from Burma, he drew on these views and experiences to write Burmese Days (1934) and the essays A Hanging (1931) and Shooting an Elephant (1936).
Outside of the above themes in Shooting an Elephant, Orwell explores how we can find ourselves making decisions we don’t intrinsically agree with due to an unwillingness to look foolish or like one has made a mistake.
In this case, Orwell chased down and killed an elephant to avoid looking like a fool in front of people he did not care to impress. I have shot way too many metaphorical elephants in similar situations.
Tying into the quote section above, it is easy to let preparation and vision destroy progress by diverting resources from real action. Don’t do that.
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