Shiny Object Syndrome

Having the ability to focus and stick with practice will make or break any skill or habit your trying to cultivate.

The last thing you want to do is follow the trends. As soon as you do, there will be another shiny object to take its place on the distraction gerbil wheel.




You’ll never go deep enough to master something if you’re jumping from one shiny object to the next, following whatever’s exciting in the moment.

When you love learning new skills, and want to pursue many things, shiny objects are easy to get distracted from, and every skill has it. Languages, coding, design, writing, athletics… there’s always something else you could be learning instead of what you are.

Why are we so drawn to these shiny derailing devils?

My guess is that everything looks easier to do from a far. While you’re knee deep in learning Japanese, yoga sure does look appealing too. And the practice in front of us is hard and feels like, well, work.

But once you recognize that, you realize it’s all work and that ultimate that work is worthwhile and what leads to mastery.

Avoid the shiny object syndrome. That’s a state that leads you to nowheresville fast.

Yoga will be just as difficult to master as the Japanese you’re learning. But that’s what makes each special and exciting to learn.

And hey, learn both if you want, just as long as they are not distracting you learning each and you have the time and energy to do so.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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