Saturday, May 14, 2011

One More Thing I Can't be a Real Person Without

You know what I'm sick of? About every other week I discover some person or some piece or some book that I have to consume before I'm actually "there." I think to myself, "Oh, I couldn't possibly strike out on my own before assimilating this into my worldview."(I don't actually sound like Ignatius J. Reilly when I think, but it's close enough to appropriate.)

You don't need to tell me how flawed this is—I know that—but often knowledge doesn't do you much good. Action is the only thing that matters. In theory I know that I don't have to keep accumulating before I get going myself (when I say "get going" I mean really dive in, start a book, start a business—start living my creative life in the first person, instead of pissing it away in the third), but this doesn't have much effect on my present life.

So it is by way of a bit of resignation that I introduce you to the latest thing that will keep me from living my life until I have drank of all his wisdom. I speak, of course, of James Altucher. I met James at a time in my life where I couldn't have needed him more desperately. This would have been about Thursday, 2:23 p.m. PST. I stumbled upon him through the Freakonomics blog.

The knowledge that I have to do something, to DO SOMETHING, has been mounting and mounting for years, but it has become especially acute lately. And like a steal toe Kodiak work boot to the side of the face, here comes Altucher with posts like "10 Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job" and "The Easiest Way to Succeed as an Entrepreneur." It isn't good for motivation to come from outside of myself, but it's about all I can muster right now, so I'll take it. Anyway, he writes with truth, reality and hope, and I wanted you to benefit from his existence as well.

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