050: Knowledge is the key ingredient

Knowledge is the antidote of fear — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In my StrengthsFinder 2.0 test results my 3rd strength was Learner. I devour knowledge in all forms. I love trivia and learning how to do things. I am a jack of all trades because of my thirst for wisdom. I have taken thousands of tutorials and classes, but if you were to put them in buckets by topic, there would only be a couple of buckets: Tech, Design, Web, Productivity, Business, Photography/Video, Life. I learn what I want to be.

Learning is essential in moving forward. Learn. Create. Move Forward. In that order. You must apply what you learn in most instances if you expect to advance or make progress. But, it is knowledge that gives you the courage to create. Think about giving a speech. One of my greatest fears is speaking in public. The more you know about the topic, the easier it is. The easier it is, the less you will fear it.

Never stop learning, just don’t use it as an excuse to stall. If you fear success like I do, learn how successful people operate. If you fear publishing articles or pictures on Instagram, learn how to write or practice taking photos. The best way to learn is to do.

What do you fear? Chances are learning more about whatever it is will help you overcome.

I fear myself. I beat myself up. I am self-critical. I can self-sabotage dreams and goals for no reason. I get apathetic. I fear success and do not let myself taste it. I deprive myself as if I do not deserve what I work so hard to attain. I am never satisfied with my accomplishments or efforts.

My fear has always been my inner voice of doubt, skepticism and self-deprecation, so I learned about self-awareness and applied what I learned by doing things that align with my strengths and discarding things that I am not good at. Know thyself. The more I know who I am, the less I fear.

Self-awareness is the knowledge that helps me overcome my fear of my inner voice that is tough on me and prevents me from reaching my potential. Do you think one course or book or tutorial on self-awareness would be enough to cover me for the rest of my life? Of course not, we both know how stupid that question is. So what makes you think you can learn design or photoshop or photography or Instagram marketing in a weekend or from an ebook or webinar or whatever and then get frustrated when it doesn’t go as planned?

Greatness is achieved by repetition and relentless pursuit of knowledge and practice. Taking the initiative to learn is the first step. Applying what you learn is step two and is the hardest part for most. To repeat both steps everyday is what is required to eliminate fear, achieve your dreams and goals and make a dent in the universe.

Learn. Create. Move Forward. Rinse and Repeat. Never stop.


My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
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