As the Facebook IPO approaches, I am reminded that it’s very easy to get caught up reading stories about other people’s wealth. Millions here, millions there.
Seems you can’t open a web browser right now without getting absorbed in a tale about the insane amount of cash This Guy or That Girl is going to pull in on May 18.
I’m a voracious consumer of information, so this is as difficult for me as anyone. But I also remind myself of the simple secret that every successful person I know has figured out:
This world rewards creators, not consumers.
Great people don’t talk about doing the work with status updates on Facebook.
Great people don’t read about doing the work on Hacker News.
They shut up and do the work.
I humbly offer this blog post as a small reminder of what’s really important.
Look around for the closest pen and paper.
Write down what you want to get done today.
Then close the browser and get started.
Don’t worry – the web will still be here when you’re ready to come back to it.
But you’ll be a lot closer to your own personal happiness because you made that choice.
See you on the other side.