To think, or not to think?

People often advise, "don't overthink it." But, are you thinking enough?

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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"....grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
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— (The Serenity Prayer)

Think More

People often advise, "don't overthink it."

This is to caution against getting in your own way, to avoid analysis-paralysis.

Very valid.

And, in another sense, are you thinking enough?

In this sense, I mean vividly defining what you want.

I mean thinking clearly, conscientiously, and definitively: "I plan to do X."

As Charles Hannel said in his pioneering book The Master Key System, "I can be what I will to be."

When you live with pointed purpose, you can achieve what you want.

This not fluffy stuff. It's a natural law of the universe.

Case in point, once upon a time I heard Isaac Morehouse on a podcast (the founder of this company), and I said to myself, "I plan to work for this person."

I failed a few times before I got there. But now I'm working for him. Actually, I'm taking the reigns of his company.

I share this to show you it's possible to experience what you want when you combine thought and relentless persistence.

Just remember to think first.


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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is Chief of Content and Coaching at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.