Reading This Article Will Not Help You Acquire A Skill

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One of the biggest takeaways I have when I hear people say the world is your oyster is that most things are either amazing or awful –– depending on who you ask. (except Quest bars, of course, they’re amazing –– but we all knew that.)

The Internet is no different. If you find yourself talking to a certain kind of person, you’ll be told the Internet is practically the devil incarnate. It’s distracting. It’s making us waste away precious time. It’s turning us into zombies that look at our phones all the time. It’s making us lose our social skills. It allows people to hide behind their screens.

Talk to a different kind of person, though, and you’ll be told the Internet is the most important invention in the history of mankind. It’s a place with endless resources to teach you anything you want to know. It’s helped create millions of jobs across the world and helps run entire economies. It provides endless inspiration –– so much content, so many people to connect with, so many places to find motivation.

The answer –– like most complex questions, in my humble opinion –– is somewhere in the middle; somewhere in the grey area. Yes, the Internet can be incredible with all sorts of resources to help you become the best version of you. But only if you let it.

What I mean by that is –– it’s easy to find inspiration on the Internet. It’s easy to watch inspirational videos, to read about inspirational people, to find “11 Online Resources To Help You Pick Up Those Skills You’ve Always Wanted.”

The answers are on the Internet if you know where to look for them. Where it gets tricky for most of us is… what comes next?

What comes next is doing. The onus is on us to do. We have to put in the effort. We have to have the patience to put in the effort for an extended period of time. If the goal is to acquire a skill… it all comes down to how much you do – reading inspirational books and endlessly planning won’t take you all the way.


I say we because I am just as guilty of this as the rest of us. I follow & religiously watch, read, and listen to everything a certain set of people in self-improvement world put out. I know what it feels like. It is so much easier to follow people that inspire us, watch all their videos, read all their books, listen to all their podcasts… but not actually act upon anything we’ve learned.

Now, if you think you’re not guilty of this (and only you truly know the answer to this), I’m genuinely happy for you. You’re on your way to being the best version of yourself. You knew from the get-go that all you needed to know was in the title of this piece –– heck, you’re probably not even reading this.

On the other hand –– practicing, learning by doing, training… that is what will help you acquire the skills necessary to transform your life.

Do you find yourself stepping into the cycle of consuming content and not doing? What tips do you have to get motivated? We’d love to hear in the comments below!