You know that saying “if it was easy, everybody would do it”? I found this to be very untrue. How many people do you know that actually do things, really?
How many people actually have things going on besides the standard stuff like college, job, parties and social media? How many people are actually working on themselves? Or on anything else, really?
Think about it.
How easy is it nowadays to have and maintain a blog online? Anybody with a pulse and an internet connection can do it. Yet, of all the people you know, how many actually have a blog?
How easy is it nowadays to have a YouTube channel? Even the simplest, cheapest smartphone nowadays features a decent HD camera that's really all you need to get started. Yet, how many people actually have a YouTube channel?
How easy is it nowadays to learn things online? Information is everywhere and online courses are dirt cheap. You can learn anything from languages to coding and data science. Yet how many people do you know that actually acquired new skills this way?
“If it was easy, everybody would do it”
Apparently, this is not true.
The economist and historian Tom Woods observed the same thing and even (satirically) coined it as a law named after himself:
Woods’ Law: nobody ever does anything.
Nobody ever does anything.
And although that’s kind of sad, in a way, it also means that it’s really, really easy to stand out in a positive way.
Don’t be a nobody. Do things.