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The Easiest Thing

The easiest thing to do in the world is to assume you’ll fail, and because of that not try.

It’s easy to just dream without ever putting pen or brush to paper, and just imagine a perfect creation.

It’s easy to complain that you don’t have the time to devote to something, rather than learning the hard skill of time management.

It’s easy to look at someone else’s work and just complain and “criticize” it, while never actually making anything yourself.

It’s easy to say “I can start on that next week” and con yourself into believing you actually will.

It’s easy to watch a bunch of TV and then wonder where all your time went for what you claim you really want to do.

It’s easy to not do something because you’re afraid of the slings and arrows that Internet has waiting for you, and let that keep you from even making something to privately show.

All of those things are easy.

One of my mottos: “You can have it easy or can do something worthwhile. You can’t have both.”

So the easiest thing to do is to watch other people live the life you wish you could live, but not actually try to live it and deal with all of those struggles. And that’s okay; easy isn’t bad — we all need to take it easy at times. But don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re “going to get around to” doing something worthwhile if all you do is take it easy.

Why? Because “easy” is like a black hole. It has an immense gravity, and it will keep you from soaring if you don’t put in serious effort to escape it’s grasp over your free time.

– Ryan

P.S. It’s also easy to be a thoughtless asshole and not have in mind that the people who make things you love are human beings.

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4 Responses to The Easiest Thing

  1. Jared Nelson says:

    Well said, sir.

  2. Andy says:

    Oh gee, way to light a fire under my feet. ;-)

    No, seriously. This is awesome.

  3. Wayne Zombie says:

    As we sometimes say in IT: you can have it fast, cheap, or accurate. Pick two.

    • Ryan Macklin says:

      Heh, when I was in IT, I kept hearing it as “fast, cheap, good.” However, that applies for pretty all fields — and in this case, not really what I’m talking about. That’s regarding hiring someone to do a job.

      – Ryan