10 Things Writing 100 Posts in 100 Days Taught Me about Building your Dreams
Fake it if you are naked, pop champagne every chance you get, and 8 other strategies to get to where you want to be in life inspired by behavioral science.
Yes, I’m going to be the first author on Medium to quote Drake instead of Hemmingway as I just hit 100 consecutive days of writing and publishing a story.
About 3 months ago I set out to research and write about how to actually do the things we dream of doing. Like so many of us born into a world of endless possibilities, there are hundreds of things I want to do and achieve. I want to become an expert on behavioral science, learn a skateboard trick or two, write a book, start a YouTube channel, practice street photography, share my knowledge, and inspire others. That’s only a fraction of my mile-long bucket list. You would think that all these ambitions mean I’m pretty productive. Sadly the reality has been quite the opposite.
Throughout most of my twenties, I have been paralyzed by opportunity cost. Committing to any of my dreams has felt like turning my back on all of my other ambitions. And so instead of working towards any of the places I wanted to be in life, I sat back frustrated and unable to figure out how to start doing the things I wanted to do. But then about 100 days ago I thought to myself “I can’t be the only one who feels this way”.
That was the thought that prompted me to finally take action on my dream of inspiring others. I decided to use my passion for behavioral science to test and write about scientifically proven ways to beat procrastination and work towards your goals. That was something I struggled with myself, so I thought others could use the things I learned as well. I figured the fastest way to gain a lot of experience and build a library of knowledge was to write and publish a post every day. I call them Notes On Doing It.
Here are the 10 most important lessons I learned from my first 100 days of taking notes on how to actually do the things you want to do.