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Knowing the Path vs. Walking the Path

Knowing the Path vs. Walking the Path

Short and sweet today and it even includes a Matrix reference…though, that’s not my first time doing so 😉 Enjoy!

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It’s been said that Knowledge + Action = Wisdom. “Knowledge”, obviously  being the ‘knowing the path’ section and “Action” respectively being the ‘walking the path’ half. What does this mean for you?

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who seems to have all of the advice but they don’t actually seem to be heeding said advice? It’s an interesting paradox. I see this quite frequently with motivational life quotes, working out in the gym, eating healthy food, etc. We live in the Information Age, which means everybody is an expert on everything…except not really.

Doesn’t it feel a little funny accepting life advice from someone who doesn’t exactly..how do I put this delicately…doesn’t exactly have their shit together? “Oh, yes. Of course I’m going to take relationship advice from you, because the last time I saw you with a significant other was in 2006. OF COURSE this makes sense!”

That’s not me and I sure as hell hope it isn’t you either.

See, many of us inherently know when we’re making a bad life decision. We know that if we’re overweight and out of shape, we need to go to the gym to fix that. We can’t just read about the best workouts and foods to eat and when it comes to crunch time, we’re sitting on our ass watching the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother (Thank God we finally met the mom, AMIRITE?)

The distinction exists because we say that we know what we need to do. We can read about it. We can learn about it. But none of that actually matters until we make the choice–and the decision–to actually do it. Walking the path is tough because it has to be. Walking the path is what separates the Can’s from the Cannot’s.

To earn success, we must go get it. There’s no shortcut and we have to pay our dues. Stop “knowing” and start “walking”.

See you on the other side.


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Samuel is in charge of products & content for Undergrad Success. Most days he’s figuring out how to spend less time working than he already is. When he’s not on the beach in Oceanside,CA, he lives online at http://hershberger.co/ where he coaches young men and women looking to get unstuck in their lives.

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