Stupid Is As Stupid Does

I picked up a new book from Steven Pressfield - Do The Work. Steven Pressfield is the author you want to turn to when you want to beat resistance.

Have you ever tried to start a new project or a creative endeavour or take a new course, or fall in love or...and you decided to give up or not say the thing or stop? That’s resistance. In some of his words, “resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

As I was reading this book, one paragraph stood out to me:

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be - and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.

It’s so counterintuitive to believe this. In the industries I have worked in, I have always been celebrated for what I know, and what I can handle.

I’m finding that there is so much value in having a different perspective because you have no preconceived notions of what success normally looks like. There is also a ton of value in just acting. Taking the step. Doing the next right thing. The practice and sticking to the practice is what will get you to the next level. Committing and showing up every day is how you fight resistance. When you become a person that keeps your agreements.

Over the last few months I have experienced the power of this. I agree with Steven Pressfield - you’ve got to stay ignorant and arrogant to move towards action. Stay stupid my friends.