Intentions don’t matter, Action do.
I am currently reading The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson and came across the following quote in the first 15% of the book.
Intentions don’t matter. Actions do. That’s why being ethical is hard.
I have been pondering over it for about a hour now. It almost perfectly defines my 2021. Well, probably not for the ethical part but the action one. I intended to learn DSA, intended to work on my projects, intended to loose weight and get fit, intended to study for GRE but the action part was always missing.
The reason I gave for my lack of action was lack of motivation. Although in back of my mind I remembered that action drives motivation and not the other way around. But failed to take any action.
I am writing to create accountability for myself to always take action. And to come back to this article whenever I am feeling particularly lazy. To be clear, my purpose is not to work myself out but to not waste my time doom scrolling on social. I will be tweeting daily (the idea of daily dispatch by Austin Kleon in Show Your Work) about what I did that day and maybe you can ping me if I miss a day?
Since I will be graduating this year, I want ‘22 to be the best year of my life. And I refuse to let myself ruin it.
By the way, I am about half way through the book and it has been incredible. I recommend anyone remotely interested in finance to look through it. It is available for free at navalmanack.com.