003. Create before you consume.
There is a phenomenon among musicians called Gear Acquisition Syndrome or GAS. The Idea is that you become obsessed with buying the latest equipment and thinking it will somehow make you become a better musician. It's like if a photographer has the best camera and doesn’t take any pictures with it.
I think there is a parallel with how we consume information online. I have signed up for countless online courses thinking that somehow I would magically attain a deep understanding of complex skills by reading a 2-page pdf and watching a youtube video.
Everything moves so quickly it is easy to mistake learning for understanding. There is a disconnect between what you know and what you can do. I think it's easy to fall into the trap of absorbing knowledge and not doing anything with it but having it still feel like progress.
The internet sets you up perfectly for this. I follow people on social media who can do amazing things and because they can put it in a 5 min video I get fooled into thinking that's how long it takes. I put it in my mental notebook and think "yeah Ill get around to that", regardless of how complicated the task.
This, of course, is a fallacy, It's the illusion of participation. Vicarious achievement.
This is not a totally negative comment I actually have learned very useful things. In fact, I built this website by learning how to do it online.
but here is the rub, with acquiring more information you are a more enriched creator. But by only consuming, what are you enriching?
So for me, I am going to try to redress this balance and apply things more. Use them to create with rather than thinking if I just move to the next thing then I'll be better.
Create before I consume.