Just Fucking Do It

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How do you summon the willpower to write a book, learn to play the guitar or achieve any one of your dreams? It’s simple: just fucking do it. I explain how in this video.

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Transcript

Just fucking do it. That’s my motto. That’s the topic of this YouTube video.

Now, I get a lot of guys asking me questions like, “How do you write a book? What process do you go through?” It’s like, “How do you start?” And really, my advice seems kind of simplified, but, again, this is the best thing that will work for you: just fucking do it. Open up Microsoft Word or OpenOffice or whatever you use, and start writing down words, okay, and keep writing until you’re done.

Don’t worry about getting a graphic designer; don’t worry about getting an editor. Don’t worry about how it sounds, okay; you can always go back and fix it. The important thing is to write it now and write it before you lose motivation. Because if you spend all your time just thinking and thinking about it, and asking questions and trying to get information, you’re never going to fucking do it, because your brain will keep coming up with rationalizations. The more you delay, the less likely you’ll be able to do it, and this goes for just about anything you want to do in life.

Let me give you an example. I’m doing this YouTube video right now; I’m doing this YouTube channel. I know for a—I mean, I’m not stupid. I know for a fact that I’m not the handsomest guy. I know for a fact that I haven’t reached my fitness goals; I can stand to lose a few pounds, okay. I don’t give a shit. One day I woke up and I said, “I’m going to restart my YouTube channel. I’m going to do videos. I’m going to do the best job I can and if people don’t like it, fuck them, I don’t care. This is something I’m going to do with my life.” And guess what? Here I am, I’m doing videos, and I don’t give a shit, okay.

My opinion is that is how you should approach your life, okay. You’re going to wake up in the morning and say, if you want to write a book: I’m going to write a book, I’m going to open up Microsoft Word, I’m going to write it down, I’m going to write every word, get my ideas out on to the screen; I don’t care how it sounds; I don’t care if there’s a market for it—obviously you should care, but I don’t care how people will perceive me. You just got to do it. This goes for just about anything.

In my opinion, having too much information is a bad thing. Those of you who have read and are fans of Nassim Taleb, he’s the author of Antifragile and The Black Swan. In The Black Swan he argues that having too much information is detrimental, because having too much information paralyzes you and keeps you from being able to make snap decisions. You brain keeps coming up with rationalizations to not do things or to just seek out more information, you keep psyching yourself out and you end up not doing anything with your life.

So my advice is, if you really want to do something, like say, I don’t know, you want to quit your job and go backpacking across Europe, you want to write a book, you want to go sky diving, you want to pick up more girls; read a little bit of the information about it, enough to get you started, and just do it, okay. Action is what matters, okay. Don’t keep thinking about it. Don’t keep planning; don’t keep putting it off, because the more you put it off the less likely you’re going to end up doing it.

I mean, let me give you another example. A couple years ago I went hitchhiking across the country. I started in my home town of Syracuse, New York. I made it all the way to Portland, Oregon, six months later. Now, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. It was something I had wanted to do since I was a kid, but as the years went on and some events in my life happened around that time, and I started thinking to myself, “If I don’t do this now I’m never going to do it. I’m going to grow old, end up at a boring job, living a boring life, wondering what could have been.” So I decided, “You know what, fuck it, I’m going to start doing this now.” I started putting the steps in motion to achieve what I was going to do. Same thing with this YouTube channel, same thing with all the books I’ve written.

Again, another example: About three, four years ago, I had another blog which I wrote under a pseudonym, and about three years ago I started getting the idea that I should publish a book under this pseudonym, okay. I sketched out an outline and I started asking some of my friends in the greater Internet who had published books for advice on formatting, whatever, getting a graphic designer, getting an editor.

Guess what. I never ended up publishing that book because I never ended up writing it, because I ended up just talking more about the book and saying, “Oh, I’m announcing I’m going to release a book; I need a graphic designer before I go out, I need to get an editor, I need to do this, I need to do that.” There was no point where I just sat down in front of the computer and just wrote.

Now, in the past year I published about six, seven books. With the exception I think maybe—no, no, no. With all these books there was no point where I started talking about it, I just sat down and started writing them. There was no hype; there was no this, there was no that. With each book I just wrote out each individual draft. When I was finished with it and finished editing it that was when I worried about all the other stuff, getting a graphic designer, getting an editor, formatting it for publication on both Kindle and paperback.

And guess what? By going through that process I’ve ended up publishing more books in a year than I had done in the previous four years of my life. And I’m probably on track to release about maybe two, three more books this year, because, again, I don’t psych myself up about these things any more, I just fucking do it. That’s my advice to you.

If there’s something you really want to do in life, whether it’s writing a book or whatever goal you want: just fucking do it. Stop thinking about it, stop planning it, stop psyching yourself out, stop trying to seek out every little morsel of information; start putting it into action now.

Don’t worry about how you’re going to be perceived or whatever, because guess what, your brain is both your greatest ally and your greatest enemy. If you just let rationalizations take over your life, your brain is going to become your greatest enemy. You need to shock your system. You need to shock your system, otherwise you’re just going to end up living your boring life wondering what could have been.

Illegitimi non carborundum, don’t let the bastards grind you down. I’m Matt Forney and I am out.

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  • Ted Cunterblast

    Excellent advice.

  • http://sanelity.com/ Sanelity

    Great job Matt. I followed your advice a couple of months ago and “just did it”. In response to seeing so much of my commentary on progressive sites disappear into the black holes of moderation, I decided to “just do it” and start my own blog (Sanelity.com). I don’t expect a ton of readership overnight, or even to make big bucks doing it*, but that isn’t the point. I get to post my commentary without moderation. ALL of my “comments” make it past the moderator (me). The simple act of writing it down and publishing it is therapeutic.
    *Not that I would reject such a thing!

  • FlorianUlrich

    Great advice. Thanks.

    Another argument for starting to do it NOW: often you don’t imagine where your true calling leads you. That’s true even for now famous personalities – Mozart’s first “symphonies” he composed were short copies of existing works and really not that good (ok, to his credit, he was 5 years, but still). Then, 10 – 15 years and many symphonies and concerts later, he discovered that he really wanted to write for the opera. He could not have imagined that a decade earlier, plus opera was all of a sudden “on the rise” and he, as a respected composer, was ideally positioned to really make an impact.

    It is futile to plan your future out. You just have to start doing it, follow your goals, keep your eyes open and then see where your journey ends up.

    Concerning writing – it was fun to me and I wanted to become a writer. So 4 months ago, I started a daily routine: every day I think about three things I am grateful for, then I write 750+ words about it. No self-censoring. Whatever comes to my mind. I now have several small articles that I can publish and/or use to get my own blog started. One small step after the other. I don’t even have a clear goal or direction right now. I just started writing anyway.

    That’s why your advice resonates with me here.

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