It’s tempting to gather resources: trainings, skills, education, adding powerful people to your network…
Videos, courses, workshops and retreats: there’s a ton of things you can learn, install into your mind, add to your practice, acquire as a skill or add as a resource.
But nothing beats being resourceful.
Except, if you fall for the trap that marketers lay for us.
It’s the trap that says “without this book/training/retreat/course’ your life isn’t complete and your business will fail”.
Those people prey on our built-in sense of scarcity, making us feel that we’re missing out (FOMO is a real thing), and so we buy more stuff, and our shelves fill up with more shelf-help.
But no matter how many resources you acquire, they won’t help if you don’t use them.
You can learn the science of Facebook ads, but if you never run a campaign, it won’t do you any good.
No, resources are not what you need.
Being resourceful, that’s where it’s at.
Being able to make do with what you have (which is all we do all day long anyway), to cobble together available resources, to test and iterate and improve.
Hoarding resources is satisfying on an emotional and intellectual level, but it’s not what we’re made for, and it doesn’t drive growth.
What we are made for, and what does drive growth, is getting the best result out of the situation we’re currently in, with the resources currently available to us.
That’s how our species survived and evolved: Check the playing field, see which pieces are there to be moved, and get to experimenting on how best to move them.
Read books if you want – but never forget to apply the resources you already have – by being the most resourceful you that you can be.
You might feel down or beat at times, but never forget that you were designed to thrive, regardless of the situation you find yourself in.
And each moment of each day, you’re in a situation where you get to choose to be resourceful.
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Also published on Medium.