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#50: Stop Learning, Start Doing

This is the first post, so let’s cut to the chase: In this blog we’ll be going through a series of  50 challenges. Whatever you want to do, let’s do this together. You like A. J. Jacobs and Tim Ferriss? That’s a good start. You want to deal with your big picture question too? On top of that you like Science and Philosophy? You’ve come to the right place, but don’t take a seat yet, this is not a place to rest your gaze and get your warm fuzzy feeling inside by making a comment. This is a place to do.

All you’ll need prior to reading this blog is linked below:

You want to be one of the few Self-Actualizers out there? This won’t be any easy, and though we’ll make the journey together, no one besides you can do it for you.

But before we start, there are Six things you need to know, and they’re gonna hurt like few things you read before, I’ve read them yesterday, and they struck all my emotional chords, and prompted me into action.

Six Harsh Things That Will Make You a Better Person

Nothing in this first post is linked by chance. You don’t read it, you won’t close, you’ll lose, its as simple as that.

Read it? Well, that is better. You have just learned a lesson. Allow me to twist some knobs:

#6. The World Only Cares About What It Can Still Get from You

#5. The Hippies Were Wrong

#4. What You Produce Does Not Have to Make Money, But It Does Have to Benefit People

#3. You Hate Yourself Because You Don’t Do Anything That You Think Should Be Done

#2. What You Are Inside Only Matters Because of What It Makes You Do

#1. Everything Inside You Will Fight Challenging Yourself

If you are in love with science, or philosophy…

…then you’ll be very good at learning and grasping knowledge, not necessarily at doing much with it. So here is the first challenge that I’m putting to myself, and ask you to join

  • First Challenge: Do Something, Do Anything!

It’s that simple. Commit for a month, how bad could it be?

Here is what I’ll do: I’ll write this blog, with a new challenge every 1st and every 15th of the month. Every 15 days I’ll mention how am I doing at the just finished attempt, after a month, and how the first 15 days of the other one felt so far. So every 15th day of the month I’ll come up with a new challenge to me, and check how you are doing on yours. Yet I don’t want you to just say what your challenge for you is in the comment section. So every 1st day of the month, I’ll start pursuing a challenge suggested by my readers here. That’s right, you get to decide what will do for a month! Half my challenges are in your hands.

If you got up to here you have a few options now:

1) Quietly step outside like no one’s looking, pretend you have not one thing you’d like to do that you’ve postponed since forever

2) Soundly walk away, but not without inventing some really absurd challenge for me and leaving it in the comment section. Specially now, during this venture’s beginning, there’s a good chance I’ll do it. Get a kick out of me.

3) Decide your first challenge, put it in the comment section. You’ll just have to stick to it until the 1st of next month. Then show up here and comment how you did.

Here are some suggestions, but don’t get attached, you know yourself better than I do:

Start writing a paper on a subject you care about, write half hour a day minimum. 

Spend 7 minutes a day doing the scientific workout, stupid music style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LezARmLDu6U

Try to understand how something you always took for granted works, ¿do you really know what goes on in telephone? ¿Do you really know a reason not to use the upside down question mark?

Talk to a stranger a day about things you really care about. Forget ice-breakers, celebrity gossip, and weather, tell them what you expect from life, show them how the macaque brain works, explain runaway selection. I assure you, it will be more fun than you think. 

As I said, don’t get that attached, your invention is the one challenge that most matters. Get to it!