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​What’s up ladies and gentlemen? Colin Stuckert here, founder and CEO of Wild Foods Co.

Another video today about reading, learning, and doing. You gotta balance the two. You have too much of one or the other, and you’re gonna run into problems. Let’s get to it.

The Slight Edge, and I am in chapter, page 180, chapter 12, Invest In Yourself. And so, we’re gonna talk about this idea we have right here, balancing learning and doing, because, I think, for most of us, we tend to go to the end of the spectrum that is more natural to us.

Some people like to, kind of like, close themselves off in a library and just read, read, read, read. And I think that’s awesome and I literally aspire to do that. But what can happen is then you don’t do.

And then when you don’t do, you can’t apply the knowledge and the things you’ve learnt through the reading, with actionable feedback from life. You’re just gonna be held behind, you’re gonna be lacking in some way.

On the vice-versa, if all you do is go out and do, and you don’t take the time to learn some of the good ideas and learn things that might be in your way, like that might help with self-awareness and consciousness and psychology and sales, or other things, you might be repeating the same mistakes over and over and over again and it might be holding you back.

And so today’s video, we’re gonna figure out how we can balance the two, learning and doing, because they’re both integral to living a successful life.

And so on this one, page 178 of The Slight Edge. Pop quiz. Five frogs sit on a lily pad, one decides to jump off. How many are left? You’re gonna answer four because that’s what I did, and that what everybody does.

If you answered four, then your math skills are just fine, unfortunately it’s not a math problem, it’s a life problem. He says, the answer is five, because one of the frogs decided to jump off, it didn’t jump off yet. Interesting.

Decided to jump off is not the same as jumped off. Decided becomes jumped off, when you jump off. That’s some, like, whoa. Mind blown, right.

Think about a second, there’s a lot of things we wanna do in life, and there’s a lot of things we even say we’re going to do. But none of it is anything, other than a figment of your imagination, until you do the thing.

Imagine, books in my head, especially like, personal development books, self-help books. I just read all of them, right, I take all the courses.

Fundamentally, I wanna own a business, or I want to be successful, or I wanna make a lot of money, or whatever. But, until I go and do things, none of this matters, at all.

In fact, it brings me to a Confucius quote he’s got in here. Knowledge, without practice, is useless said Confucius, but then you add a second line. And practice, without knowledge, is dangerous.

If you just go do, do, do, do, the danger is you get lead into places that may not be useful, or may not be getting you to where you want to go. And that’s where the practice and the reading and the studying and the other things come in, to balance out the equation.

You need a lot of study, and a lot of doing. And you do both of those, and that’s how you raise on up.

He then talks about course correcting and he uses the analogy of the rocket that got Neil Armstrong and Aldrin to the moon.

I believe he said that it was off-course almost 97% of the time. Which means that for at least 97% of the time, it took to get from Earth to Moon, which is a quarter of a million miles, the vehicle was on track only 7,500 miles.

Every half hour, the ship was in flight, it was on course for less than one minute. What that means is, it’s because as it was traveling to the moon, the computer and the gyroscope, which had to constantly correct, correct, correct, correct.

It’s like when you’re driving a car, you might think even a straight highway, is perfectly straight, but it’s not. If you were to actually, you know, lock your wheel in place, and drive straight, so that it was, you know, it was chained down to be perfectly straight, you’d eventually, very soon, end off the road, because it’s not a perfectly straight line. It’s a constant curving, back and forth back and forth.

And that’s why, why does it look like this when you’re driving? Curve, curve, curve. And so the analogy to life, is that, we’re going towards this goal and if you’re not daily curving to stay on path.

It’s a course correction on a daily basis. Then you’re gonna find yourself veering, veering, veering, and then you do that for a long time, long enough, and you’re way off course.

Imagine doing that on a highway, you know, you veer off an hour ago, you’re veering off, even like a slight degree, but then you’ve been going for an hour, and you’re like, a thousand miles in the wrong direction. It’s such a great analogy.

It’s really, it makes you think, doesn’t it? To actually have that internal gyroscope, you have to have something, I mean, you’ve got to think of your goals, you have to be reminded of your goals.

I review my goals every morning, it’s one of the things I do as part of my morning routine. And I’m always reading the big things I want to accomplish, I’m also reading the things I want to accomplish like, the next month, next three months, etcetera.

I do that to try to make sure my consciousness is really paying attention to what’s going on in front of me. And so that I can, kind of filter out the things that I don’t need to be doing that are just a distraction.

You know I didn’t really know what this video was going to be about today but, I think we’ll leave it at that, you know. We’re gonna, you need to course correct in your life. And you also need to be balancing practice with theory, and theory with doing, right.

The more that you can spend time learning and then going out in the real world and interacting with people, using quotes you read about.

Maybe you’re in a conversation or a business negotiation, or you’re hiring someone and you notice they do or say these things, and so something you read in a book about psychology kind of pops up in your head, and maybe you change how you respond to that person as a result or maybe try a new tactic or whatever.

This is what the study does, but at the same time, until you’re in the arena with actual people you can’t ever apply these concepts, it’s just a figment of your imagination until you’re doing the thing.

And so, I want you to get out and make sure you’re doing the thing. Read, learn, study, but also, do things.

My name’s Colin Stuckert and I approve this message. Thank you for watching, drop some comments below, slap subscribe, jab a thumbs-up and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you.

Let me know if there’s anything you want me to record. Let me know if you just want to talk about something, let’s have a discussion, let’s talk about some cool shit, okay.

So thanks for watching guys, have a fricking awesome day and go and do something with this information.

Go and act, go and read, go and do both of them. Make it a part of your daily life and I promise you, you’re going to get rewards from the effort.

​Colin Stuckert Founder/CEO, Wild Foods