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Is More Information Really the Answer? - How To Quit Working
Is More Information Really the Answer?

Is More Information Really the Answer?

I’m not shy about investing in myself. Most people in this industry (expert entrepreneurs) are not either. We simply want to be the best we can be and know that that costs money. I still remember the very pivotal moment in my life when I spent 1997.00 on a training that was the first serious investment I made in myself and my business. I was hooked!

One of the realizations I had this year was about the pace of that training & development stuff. What makes sense to do when? Am I ready for this? Is this right for me? We all ask those questions CONSTANTLY!

The realization I had is simply that it has to be timed right. Then I began to think of it totally differently.

So, I made the below video about it:

Here’s How

This year two things happened to me regarding my personal development. Each happened on a few different occasions.

The first is that I was “overtrained.” I had studied something SO MUCH that I literally could not formulate a single question to ask about it. That means my head was gridlocked with information. More training wasn’t going to help! DOING MORE STUFF was the only thing that would help! I would apply what I’d learned and that would expand my understanding (by doing) and then I would be ready to learn more.

The second thing that happened (less frequently) was that I got under-trained. In other words, I had been spinning my wheels for a while and needed help with some area. I needed some sort of training or development.

As I write this, it seems elementary, but let’s face it, we all struggle with this. It’s a tough balancing act.

I starting thinking of it like a road. You have to have a little bit of road built out in front of you, but not too much just yet, because you may need to change the exact course of the road AND you need the resources to drive.

So, what can you do about it?

A few key questions you can ask yourself.

1) Do I know enough to move forward for a month or two?

What this question really gets at is the core of what is usually the issue here and that is that sometimes the training or program or event is simply more desirable in the near term than actually DOING the next step. Don’t let fear keep you in learning mode and out of doing mode. 

2) Is more information going to help me right now?

This really gets at the root of the problem. Is “not having information” really what is stopping you from moving forward or slowing you down? Sometimes it is, but realistically, it’s usually not…

How has your learning journey been going this year? Comment below and let me know what you learned this year.

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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.sampson2 Jasmine Sampson

    HI Jeff – really like the ‘break it down to the next couple of months’ tip – you’re right about the pattern of getting hooked on more learning to overwhelm stage. I have developed a pattern of asking my body whether something is right for me at this point – cuts through the mind chatter to what my inner being knows I need right now.

    • http://jeffsteinmann.com/ Jeff Steinmann

      Thanks Jasmine, I love that you are asking your body; a coach taught me a similar technique and I’ve found it so useful. I’m talking a little bit about that in my next post! Best Always. :)

  • Dr. Dorine Kramer

    Hi Jeff. Thanks for the great questions to ask myself. I also need to be wary of scarcity strategies like earlybird pricing. If I know the price on something I think I will need (or just want to know) is going up significantly, I am often tempted to grab it NOW. Sometimes I really don’t need it, and often, I end up playing catch-up to use the products I buy and I get derailed from getting actual work done. Once I’ve bought something, I hate to waste it. I love Jasmine’s idea of checking in with my body. I’m looking forward to your next post where you talk about that.

    • http://jeffsteinmann.com/ Jeff Steinmann

      I understand Dorine, I am an absolute BARGAIN NUT! For example, I own ever kitchen gadget and product known to man, and they are all the best. AND most were purchased at a 50% discount. When my kitchen started overflowing, I began looking at it a different way. Instead of viewing it as saving 50 bucks on that 100 dollar gadget that was on sale, I started telling myself I was saving 100 bucks by not buying it at all! Thanks for your comment!

  • http://twitter.com/TaiGoodwin Tai Goodwin

    Great post! When I work with clients, I find that it is not information they need but PRACTICE. No amount of videos, books, PLR content, webinars, etc… are a substitue for experience.

    • http://jeffsteinmann.com/ Jeff Steinmann

      Indeed Tai! The PRACTICE is like DRIVING on the road! Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Oxana

    This is great! very helpful

    • http://jeffsteinmann.com/ Jeff Steinmann

      Thanks Oxana, glad it was helpful to you. Best Always.