Don’t Be A Donkey
Hey, this is Dr. George Birnbach and I just I’m gonna ask one simple thing of you today.
Do not be a donkey.
Take that. Go sit in a dark room, throw your eyes back, and think about that one for about a week. If you can’t figure out what that all means you just haven’t been around enough donkeys.
Let me tell you a quick story. When Tim Ferriss, in his book Tools of Titans, asked Derek Sivers what advice he’d give to his younger self. Sivers gave one of the best pieces of advice in that entire book. And he said, don’t be a donkey. You see, in the book, Sivers tells a short story about a donkey who is equally hungry and thirsty. Fortunately for the donkey, there’s a stack of hay a little bit over to him on his left side and a pail of water a few feet away on his right side.
But here’s the thing, because the hay and the water are equally as far, the donkey cannot decide whether he should go eat the hay first or drink the water first. And paralyzed by indecision, the donkey eventually falls over and dies from both hunger and thirst. And this is what Sivers said.
The reason this happens is a donkey cannot think of the future. If he did, he’d realize he could clearly go drink the water first and then go eat the hay. So my advice to you, his advice to his younger 30-year-old self, is don’t be a donkey. You can do everything you want to do, accomplish everything you wish to accomplish, you just need three things. Foresight, action, and patience. You need to be able to think about the future, prioritize based on what you want and what you can see in the future. Then act on that in an organized way and have patience to let things develop the way they’re supposed to sometimes. But you can’t just be patient and wait for things to happen.
You have to be acting on that. But without that foresight, looking into the future, imagining outcomes, you’re just sitting around waiting. Remember that your brain cannot tell the difference between a real event and a visualized event if the visualized event is done with enough detail and emotion, you think it’s actually happening. And if you can put yourself on the other side of the problems looking back on how you accomplish them with enough clarity, enough visualization, you feel as if it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re gonna be successful.
So if you have 10 things you want to accomplish over the next 10 years, just know that you can definitely achieve those 10 things. You just need to dedicate yourself to one thing in alignment with your vision towards the future. Be patient that they’ll develop, but keep acting stronger than the people around you to get those things, all right.
Just dedicate yourself to one simple action cycle in alignment with your vision year after year, you’ll get everything you want. And it’ll be a whole lot of fun the entire time you’re in that process.
So don’t be a donkey. I’ll talk to you soon.