Every once in a while I upgrade my skill set specific to projects I’m working on. Sometimes I’ll upgrade significantly like when I took B-School which gave me a ton of marketing and business training.

And every time I get into learning mode, I find my comfort zone.

I know I don’t know enough and filling the gaps in my knowledge is so sweet. It boosts my confidence and erodes it at the same time. It’s a fine balance.

And the erosion happens so quietly that it can often be the Grand Canyon in the making before I notice it.

I can’t offer these services until I know more. I can’t say I’m at this level because I didn’t know this. And around and around until I’m cross eyed with too much info and no follow through.

Because along with the erosion of confidence comes the need for perfection.

I just heard from a fellow artist who’s in that loop right now. She’s not creating because she needs to watch more videos. Needs to learn more. Isn’t good enough yet to leave the kiddie pool.

Uh huh, no.

Look, I’m not against taking courses or upgrading skills. Not at all. I am against the cycle of learning as a barrier to doing. When it gets in the way, it becomes part of the problem.

It becomes an excuse and then the only thing that’s left is to ask, am I avoiding doing the thing because I don’t want to do it, or because I’m afraid to do it?

And if you’re simply afraid then you know what the solution is: just do it.

Do it anyway. Do it imperfectly. Do it again and again.

Action is the only way to break free of the endless learning train and you already know a hell of a lot more than you think.

And if you think you need to be perfect, check out how Post-It notes were invented. Or saccharin. Or even the slinky. There was no perfection in any of them, simply action.

Go. Do. You can look away from the learning because unlike a weeping angel, it won’t kill you if you blink.

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