Student: What’s the secret to success?
Teacher: Stop piling it on.
Student: Stop piling what on?
Teacher: Stop piling on all of the excuses, all of the whining, all of the reasons for procrastinating.
Student: Could you give me an example?
Teacher: When it snows, what do you do to clear a path from your front door to the sidewalk? Do you toss the fall leaves on the snow? Do you throw the weeks garbage on the snow? NO! You pick up a shovel and rid the walk of the snow so you can get to where you want to go, which is to the sidewalk.
Student: I was taught to believe that I had to add things to what exists in order to make things better.
Teacher: Well now you know the truth. Getting from where you are to where you want to go is very slow traveling if you keep adding stuff to the journey. Trust in yourself, and begin. You’ll always know just what to do even when you don’t.
Lesson for the day: Too much preparation is nothing more than procrastination. To move forward you must put your past to the back, don’t try to bring it with you.