"Capability precedes performance, not vice versa."

                                                  The BuddhaKahuna


Many people try to put the cart before the horse and then try to catch up.  They "go for it", try to "play bigger", "be bold and audacious", go forth where the angels fear to tread...

Go onto the internet and see "how to be free", quit your job, and get rich.  But they often forget that many of those people haven't even developed basic skills or the discipline and habits necessary to be able to handle the foundation necessary before one reached the great heights...

But can individuals "go for it" and "learn as they go"?  Possibly.  But there is likely to be a logistical problem (aka nightmare) that occurs:  one will be so busy "doing" that one has no time to get skilled enough to be able to carry it all off! 

"You have a book within you!"  (Heh? Really?...)
"Sell your services for a huge hourly fee!"  (Well, what about being able to have the skill to perform?)
"Make $200,000 in 15 days! How I did it!"  (Uh, it might not be that simple.)

But, as you'll see later, these people very rarely can succeed - and for good reason.


Then there's the super-potential All-American award winning MBA who was so intent on being seen as successful that he worked so hard at overachieving that he did not have the time to get any better - and he stayed pretty much at the level of a 30 year old MBA, for decades, doing well within his skill level but living far below his potential - and never learning life for personal emotional well-being and for having a good relationship, never being home, always grinding away...and having no real life.

He lived his life hardly getting any bigger or growing at all.  (He got trapped in Fixed Mindset Vs The Growth Mindset and stuck in The Busy Mindset Versus The Value Mindset.)


Basically, if we don't "get bigger", we won't "be bigger", and if we aren't bigger we cannot truly play bigger, with the big boys or in a big game.

Without getting bigger, one will be so pushed and so stressed and so busy and pretty darned ineffective in life.

But we will actually always be the same size as a human, but what will be bigger is our knowledge and capability.  We will develop those things that give us the abilities and tools to apply greater power that will, in turn, produce greater results (in ALL parts of life).  I repeat... in ALL parts of life, for if one is only powerful in one limited area, everything else will begin to fall apart and life will not be lived at its happiest potential.

To play bigger, one must first learn how to use one's time so well that he can produce "high value" ($ or in other terms in other areas of life) in less time AND free up many hours for personal renewal and life satisfaction while at the same time spending 7 or more hours a week learning the critical life skills and any "job" skills.   If one does not first learn the life value productivity skills, it is unlikely that the rest will be doable. If one is not able to manage oneself (productivity wise and emotionally), then how can one get good at managing others or creating great value in some way?  

In the real world, everything occurs in a "chain" of cause and effect.  (See What Is Reality?)  And the chain to "playing big" looks like this, with no skippable steps or magic leaps!
1.  Learn High Productivity.                                                                                                            
2.  Learn Life Capability Skills.
3.  Learn general skills to produce "out there" in the world and $.
4.  Learn skill in specific area(s).  (More $ and results per hour)
5.  Feedback, adjust quickly!!!

Catchup learning while you are playing big at the same time is "possible", but usually at a super-high self-burn rate, where one has a burst then burnout and/or a huge drop in productivity (and life quality). 

The Super-MBA, above, missed out on the first two "boxes" big time.  He did work hard, but not strategically (as he didn't have the productivity skills yet), operating only with the learned "skills out there" and some specifics in focussed areas.  But he would shoot his arrows all over the place, get to accumulate lots of knowledge that wasn't perfected and/or implemented, and he would seek ongoingly to get more and more efficient so that he could "do more".  He didn't realize that the path to take was about "doing less" while producting more value in far less time.  

It turned out that the only way he could change things was to take a sabbatical so that he had the time to go back and learn all that he had missed over the years (and then, after the year of learning, perhaps he could reenter the workplace more effectively and live a good life).  (He had to plug the hole in his learning, as discussed in The Learning Gap, And Trying To Wish It Away Or Not Even Seeing It - a vital concept!) 


It is relatively easy to see why a person does not or has not succeeded.  They have not developed their capabilities sufficiently to perform at a high enough level to succeed!  (Duh!)

When one does not succeed, one can trace it back to not following the "steps" to success.  (See Checklist For Success - It Doesn't Just Happen.)