I know too many people who unintentionally live by the motto “paralysis by analysis”.

People who are so focused on understanding, they actually never move forward.

Instead of taking the first step, they dwell on the insignificant details of an opportunity until it's too late.

They never start that business. They never take that trip. They never say hello to that person. They never get their dream job.

But before we offend the engineers, scholars, and all of you who have spent too many years in college forcing you think hard before making important decisions, I want to be clear, I am not suggesting you abandon understanding completely. I am suggesting you become more comfortable with uncertainty. This positive thought comes to mind:

You Don't Have to Have it All Figured Out to Move Forward.

Below are three core beliefs that have allowed me to chase big ideas, start multi-million dollar companies, and succeed without having it all figured out.

3 Secrets to Fighting Fear & Escaping an Average Life:

  1. Leaders Learn by Doing, Not Learning to Do – Take the step, be okay with not knowing it all today. You will figure it out as you go. I never knew how to setup a corporation or read a profit and loss statement – no, I just started fumbling through the process and figured it out on the journey.
  2. By Doing, We Understand: Many of us yearn for understanding to a flaw. You can only know so much about surfing until you actually get out in the water. The understanding, clarity, and peace comes from doing, not studying.
  3. Failure is Progress: Sevenly is my 6th company. But if I had not started the other 5 (which 4 failed) and the 5th I was actually fired from, I would have never had the ability to build the company to what it is today. Failure is the fastest way to learn.

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2 thoughts on “3 Secrets to Escaping an Average Life

  1. Jessica says:

    Fear stops me from moving forward because I always question whether what I want to do in my life is okay with God. And when I don’t know if its what God wants me to do I end up not doing it because I’m always afraid of disappointing Him. Does that make sense?

    • Alli says:

      If you try to follow God’s will the best you can, He will guide your steps. He will always warn you before you make a decision that could affect your salvation. As you strive to follow His will, you will come to better recognize what He wants you to do, and you will find joy.

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