If you’re old enough to remember Gilligan’s Island (’64-‘67), the situation comedy about an unlikely group of people stranded on an island, you’ll remember The Professor.
The Professor was the go-to guy for knowledge and technical skills. In fact, in one episode, he made a radio out of a cocoanut.
Now, my question is this: If The Professor was so smart why couldn’t he fix the hole in the boat and get the group off the island?
I’ll bet you know someone like The Professor; they spend most of their time solving problems that don’t really need to be solved while ignoring the most important ones. They’re like the person who spends a ton of money on weight-loss gadgets but wouldn’t walk around the block if you held a gun to their head. They’re the guy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
The psychological reasons for why we don’t solve the problems right in front of us could fill a textbook…in fact, they do. Everything from lack of simple skills to a fear of success keeps us from getting to work on key issues.
Try this: Don’t worry about what you do or don’t have, what will or won’t happen, or who will or won’t have something to say about what you are doing…just…get…started. There’s magic in right action.