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#WeStayLearning Issue #007: Small Steps

#WeStayLearning Issue #007: Small Steps
A few days ago, I tweeted that I have uploaded 150 videos on YouTube in the last three years. That is about 50 videos per year or one per week for three years. Do you know what is funny about this? When I uploaded my first video in Dec 2018, I did not think I would be doing this for three years or that I would get to a point where I’d have shot more than 100 videos, much less 150.
I simply made one video, and then another and then another. Everything that has happened since then: interviewing African Founders, speaking opportunities, work opportunities, the ability to impact many people have all been the product of a small step.

My 2018 End of Year Review
My 2018 End of Year Review
That’s the power of small steps.
That’s the power of making an effort and just showing up, and when you do this for a long time, you look back one day and boom! So much progress; this is precisely what has happened to me. The little things you do today compounds!
I know we tend to frown at clichés, but they exist because many people have found a shared truth in them. So when we say little drops of water make a mighty ocean, it’s true. But it’s not just about the little drops; it’s little consistent drops of water that make a mighty ocean. 
Whatever you put consistent effort in grows.
Think about it: if little drops were to pour once in a while, they’d get sundried. It’s by amount pouring consistently that create the abundance of water. Isn’t that amazing?
I remember when I started making videos. I would feel very anxious because putting out content on the internet is scary. I would worry that I would make grammatical errors, or nobody would watch my videos. I had a lot of crazy fears, which looking back, were quite understandable. I even felt silly for making them sometimes, and sometimes I felt like stopping. I’m so glad I didn’t.
I think these are feelings we can all relate to. If you see anyone doing anything you feel is worth something today, they had a beginning, and it most likely wasn’t marked with as much finesse, glamour or coolness as it is now.
There’s a message there: don’t be afraid of looking stupid at the beginning. Someone once said that “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly at the beginning” it sounds funny, but it’s true.
If you’re a perfectionist, this could be a hard pill to swallow because we expect to be perfect at things as soon as we start doing them. But the truth is, it most likely won’t be, and we will have to go through the awkward stages of growth, the teenage years, if you will, before it all makes sense.
About Starting.
If you’re waiting for everything to be perfect before you start, then you probably never will.
Have you ever heard of the concept of Analysis Paralysis? It’s when people over rationalize making the first step. They believe that everything has to be perfect before working towards their dreams. If you give in to this feeling, you probably will never start something because life is unpredictable. But, if you don’t start, then you won’t get to where you want to go.
So get out of your head, and act! Start now. Take the small step towards what you want! Take it one day at a time, and be consistent. Consistency compounds & results in growth, and it is beautiful to see.
About Comparison
Something else that we tend to do is compare our pace with others. For example, maybe you have started something, but you’re not learning fast enough or getting recognized like others.
But we always forget that we are not other people; we possess a unique identity, which means our path will be different from others. So be patient with yourself, your journey & your growth while maintaining consistency, and remembering that good things take time.
Make sure that you’re doing something every day that will eventually compound and become something great. Your big dreams, ideal lifestyle, and life you want to live will never come until you start. So don’t give into trying to figure everything out before you make the first move.  
About Starting Over
Have you heard of Sunk Cost Fallacy? It’s a concept I’ve been experimenting with lately. It means that sometimes human beings tend to continue across a fruitless path simply because they have invested a lot of resources into it.
For instance, you know you hate a course, but you finish it because you have already spent so much money. Or you are friends with someone who doesn’t uplift you, but you allow this person to stay in your life because you have been friends since you were toddlers.
Or you spend hours recording a video and then realize you made a mistake with the audio, but you post it anyway. Lol! Shading myself.
Peace and Precious take London!: Fun Questions, Beautiful Scenery and More!
Peace and Precious take London!: Fun Questions, Beautiful Scenery and More!
As humans, we are creatures of habit, so it is always commonplace to seek what is most familiar. And change is the most unfamiliar experience we get to have, so starting over is so hard.
Sometimes, when we have put so much effort into something, it isn’t easy to start all over again. But, know this, failing in the most significant way doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
Something else we fail to realize is that starting over is not starting afresh. I know it sounds a little weird but stay with me. When you’re starting over, there’s no part of your brain that does “Refresh.”
On the contrary, you still have all the knowledge and insight you gleaned from the failed experience, which makes it easier for you to know what to do while starting over. Isn’t that cool? It’s literally like playing a video game. The more you play and fail, the better you are at knowing what the right punches to throw are and when to dodge a bullet.
Life is like that sometimes. Failing doesn’t render everything you’ve done inconsequential. You are never starting from scratch. You have the lessons, experiences and other elements that you can use to rebuild your life again. So the next time I make a video while taking a walk, best believe, the sound would be lit.
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