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Smartly Week 4: At Sea

With only 3 Smartly lessons scheduled per week, doing just the bare minimum has been a temptation I’ve done my best to avoid. This week, after past sessions filled with discussions and bonus reading, I found myself slipping to doing just enough to get by. While it’s convenient for me to blame “a busy time at work,” my dwindling motivation is a trait I deal with on a regular basis.

Whether it’s marathon training, beginning a new job, or creating projects, I struggle with committing when the payoff isn’t immediate. I find that initial burst of starting so addictive. It’s the fanfare of a ship leaving port. It’s motivating. It’s new. Then, after I’ve started, I’m just… progressing. The ship’s at sea. The thrill fades, and what’s left is the work.

Work isn’t as fun, attention-grabbing, or filled with promise as the potential of a beginning.

Work is process. Work is consistency. Work is sacrifice.

So, I think, “Why not quit?”

After all, I tell myself, quitting one thing will free up the time to begin something new.

So, why not?

Because the process, the consistency, and the sacrifice are as much a part of this as any one of the lessons on economics or trade, and to shortchange myself now would be to undermine the whole journey, and I won’t do that. The opportunity is too great.

The books I added for this week’s reading are Poor Economics and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. I haven’t yet written about how effective these books have been in supplementing the Smartly courses, but I plan on breaking it all done after our midterm in a few weeks.