So I think I’ll read it. Then I’ll pop into the pilot’s seat and take a plane out for a ride. Wanna come along?
Right now, you’re thinking a very big “NO WAY!” (Or at least I hope you are.)
Reading a book is great. It gives you a starting point for where you hope to be one day. But for most things, one book is simply a starting point. (Like this book which is written for 7-10 year old kids who have a dream of flying planes one day.) A book is a great way to provide background on something we want to research further.
But you would never trust a pilot who has read one “step by step” book on piloting a plane. Nor would you trust a neurosurgeon who watched one video online.
That’s because we know deep down inside that in order to master something – to truly become an expert and be the go-to person in a field – we have to experience it in many ways.
If you look back through history, how did people discover new things?
Ben Franklin discovered electricity by making a kite, attaching a key and flying it in an electrical storm.
The Wright brothers discovered flight by attaching wings to everything and working at it until they could fly.
Isaac Newton discovered the Universal Law of Gravitation by sitting underneath an apple tree contemplating life when an apple fell on his head.
The concepts didn’t come quickly. In many cases they took years to work into a plausible idea that had merit with the rest of the world.
But they didn’t give up. They tried. And they tried again.
They knew they had a Big Idea. They many not have understood all of the pieces. They may have known they needed to fill in some of the missing details along the way.
But in the end, they all knew not to give up until their experiences led them to something greater than they could have envisioned before.
That’s where many of us are today.
We know what we don’t want – that much was easy to figure out a long time ago, right?
And we may have some idea of what we do want – yet we aren’t sure how it will all come together in the end.
That’s your starting point.
That’s where you start your experiences.
- You can work for a company that does something similar to what you want to do.
- You can attend school and take classes to build up your expertise.
- You can watch videos online.
- You can read books.
- You can work with a mentor.
- You can join groups, associations and clubs.
- You can experiment with all kinds of ideas.
- You can travel the world and see how similar things are done in different cultures.
All of it builds on each other and helps establish your credentials – your skillset.
Until eventually you know it so well, people come to you for advice. Because they look up to you as a leader. They know you have what it takes because you’ve experienced so much detail within the subject.
So what can you do today if you have the start of your Big Idea, but you’re not quite sure where to go?
Get out there and start having experiences.
They will help build you into the person you are meant to become.