The Problem With Preparation: The Myth Of Readiness

Is there such thing as being ready, in life?

You can spend time getting ready, getting ready, getting ready; you can defer the start until you are more prepared — until you have a better plan, more intelligence, experience, acknowledgment, permission, etc; or, you can start now, with what you have and where you are, and learn through doing, through the process; you can jump of the plane and assemble your parachute on the way down.

You can spend hours, months, years getting ready and planning, in study, in thought, and yes, it may feel necessary for your chosen discipline, and you may be able to rationalise every bit of it; yet, compared to what you learn once you start — healing patients, writing the book, singing the song, fighting the war, playing the game, performing the trick, teaching the class — well, there is no comparison.

Most rationalisation and all hesitation is, essentially, disguised fear; hence the advice “be honest with yourself” — its crucial. The truth is that never will you be ready; life is a process, a process in which you must stay flexible, constantly adapt and change your stance — how can you possibly be ready? Actually you can. There is only one way. And it is knowing, that never, never can you be ready.

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