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If You’re Going to Do Something, Go All In

Leadership & Inspiration

Joshua Davidson wrote this article

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It is honestly mind-boggling to me how most individuals try to do so many things, but refuse to try doing them well.

It doesn’t matter if this is about pursuing the path of being an entrepreneur, being a creative, learning a new skill, or traveling – it all comes down to the same dynamics. They try to do too many things half-assed, but refuse to do one or two things at their very best.

First and foremost, it is rather easy to see why we as humans try to do as much as possible vs. doing a few things as well as possible. It is all part of the way we are programmed, how our DNA is setup, and what society tells us to do. We want to be the very best at everything, the ultimate alpha, the individual that people look up to. Here is the issue – this is incredibly flawed logic.

For example, LeBron James is hands-down the greatest basketball player of my generation (I was too young to truly embrace the Michael Jordan years). If you had LeBron James also focusing on being the best guitarist, artist, singer, entrepreneur, shoe-maker, dancer, and chef in the world – do you honestly believe he could do that all of that while maintaining his high level of basketball? Of course the answer is no. Instead, he is focusing every ounce of his energy, soul, and heart into the game he loves the most, to be the very best at what he does.

Look at all the top performing individuals no matter what they do. In this scenario, it doesn’t matter if it is basketball, entrepreneurship, corporate, marketing, artist, musician, engineer, builder, athlete, etc. – it all comes down to the same dynamic. The best of the best focus on a very few, very defined niches, and then do everything in their power to be the best at what they do.

No distractions. No quantity over quality. No half-assing. These are the keys to success for being the absolute best of the best at what you do. These keys to success have always been available to all of us, yet only a few embrace it, and take it to heart.

The next time you embark on a new journey – whatever that journey may be, go all in. Don’t try to do too many things at once. Embrace being a beginner, with the ambition and goal of being on top in the long-run. Embrace every day as if you are the best at what you do. The results will always speak for themselves, and your friends, colleagues, and family members who continue down the path of trying to do it all, will instead be looking at you, amazed at all you have accomplished, asking for your secrets. When that time comes, share this link with them, and let them know it isn’t too late.

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  • I think the tendency to not go all in is partly our subconscious’s way to protect our ego from a large public failure. If you go all in and fail publicly it’s much more painful than if you half-ass something and expect to fail. But of course as you touch on in your post on embracing rejection(chopdawg.com/embracing-rejection) The bigger you fail the more likely you’ll succeed the next time 🙂

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