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Stop Studying Life and Start Living It

The following post is from Jeff of My Super-Charged Life:


If you are reading this, then chances are you consider yourself a student of life. You are likely someone that tries hard to learn all you can about how to be successful at whatever it is that you do.

I’m here to tell you today to STOP studying life and START living it.

This might seem like a strange thing for a personal development blogger to tell you.  After all, I need readers.  I write for people like you that are trying to wrap their minds around the very best techniques for living life to the fullest.

So, why would I, of all people, tell you to stop studying life and start living it?

Because I know that it is extremely easy to just consume a lot of great “feel good” material without ever really putting any of it into actual practice.

Life Is More About Living Than Learning

Instead of just being a perpetual student, I would much rather you read one or two of my articles, get ideas from them, and then go put the things you learn to use in your life.  Otherwise, you are failing to get any actual benefit from the time you spend reading.

In fact, I would consider it a terrible tragedy if you were just a reader and not a doer of the things I write about.  This would be an incredible waste of your time.

Studying life is a good thing, but it will never make one iota of difference if you don’t take what you learn and apply it.

It is time to graduate from the school of life and to move on to actually living.

Every student reaches that point where there just isn’t much else they can gain from more so-called book learning.  They need practical experience.  Sooner or later, you have to get your hands dirty doing the real work necessary to make you successful.

You may not get it all exactly right at first, but you’ll learn from your mistakes and you’ll do better the next time.  This is the way you grow.

You’ve learned plenty. Now it is time to put all you know into action. If you mess up that’s okay. You just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.  It is time for you to get in the game.

Look Up and See the Opportunity

Quit shuffling along with your head down trying to figure out the secret to success.  Instead look up and be alert to the opportunities all around you.

As Russell Conwell taught in his classic, Acres of Diamonds, there is a wealth of opportunity right in your own backyard if you just open your eyes to it.

I simply can’t encourage you enough to get out there and start making things happen for yourself.  If you stretch a bit out of your comfort zone, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Nothing is going to happen for you until you start taking action.

You are full of more than enough knowledge to make it work.  You’ve read and studied for long enough.  Now it is time to act.

Living is About Doing

What is it that you want to do?  Do you want to create your own business?  Do you want to travel the world?  Do you want to start a family?

The only way these things are ever going to materialize in your life is if you take specific action to make it so.  The opportunity for you to do so is right in front of you.  It is up to you to see it and act.

What can you do today, this very minute, to take a step toward what you want?

Jeff Nickles writes My Super-Charged Life to help people find success and meaning in their life. He has spent many hours researching these topics and loves making it easy for others to use the wisdom he discovers. Jeff is a corporate IT Director, but also has experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, training instructor, and military officer.