Learning Through Doing: Why I Write

Learning through doing

Much of my life has been spent doing.

Not doing well, but doing just the same.

It’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone; to learn new things.

Where did I learn this?

It’s always been, I don’t know where it came from.

But it really took off when reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

At the same time, I was consistently following Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu’s blog at www.8limbs.us

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The War of Art is a catalyst.

It changes wannabe authors – wannabe entrepreneurs (this guy) – into hardcore, day in and day out grinders of their trade.

And it does so in a very simple way – it compels us to “sit down and do the work.”

It’s quick.

It’s easy.

It’s to the point.

Your addiction,

Your underlying sense of unhappiness,

Your disdain for who you are and what you’re becoming (or not becoming),

It all comes from giving into Resistance.

It all comes from failing to do.

An excerpt:

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever quit a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice? Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace, or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.

One night I was layin’ down,
I heard Papa talkin’ to Mama.
I heard Papa say, to let that boy boogie-woogie. ‘Cause it’s in him and it’s got to come out.

—John Lee Hooker, “Boogie Chillen”

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu

Sylvie’s a 47-48kg female Muay Thai fighter and blogger.

She’s written over 600 articles and fought over 145 times in the last 3 years.

Close to 16 articles a month, 1 fight a week.

Who does that?

Oh, and these are REAL fights by the way.

Elbows to skull, knees to ribs – knock down, drag out scraps with the world’s best.

Sylvie does the work.

With a reputation like that, how could I not?


“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” -Zig Ziglar

I’m not the best writer in the world.

But I write.

I consistently sit down and hit keys.

And so, I improve.


Want to know a sure fire way not to improve?

Don’t hit the keys.

Don’t do the work.

Make excuses, call in sick, complain.

Need I go on?

We all know how NOT to improve, but what happens when we do?


I’ve always wanted write.

As a means to get going, I started journaling.

One day, I put a space between two thoughts.

I created a paragraph.

I did it again.

It happened time and time again that entire journaling session.

I was making progress.

From there, I gained the confidence to do more.

I wrote an article.

Then another.

Eventually, I started this blog and in all honesty, I did so to continue improving.

See what happens when we get going?

We get better.


Learning through doing.

It’s simple:

1 – Start

2 – Improve

3 – Progress

What could you start doing today?


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