Addicted to Action-Taking

Hi, I’m Martin and I’m addicted to action-taking.

At the beginning of October I made a hard decision to shut down a new business.

I told myself that I would take it easy for the foreseeable future. I needed it for my mental health.

I would focus on my road trip through Europe. Then I would enjoy for several weeks the warm, sunny climate of southern Spain before going back to dreary Poland.

No dice.

After a couple of weeks I decided to write several new books. Then I decided to take on an even bigger writing project. The sheer scope of it was terrifying but I jumped into it within 48 hours of coming up with the idea.

And here I am, talking about being efficient!

In a moment of clarity, I realized I was addicted to taking action in the worst way possible. In the words of Richard Koch, I let action-taking drive out thought.

That’s not an efficient attitude. Naval Ravikant quotes the example of Warren Buffett:

He makes one or two decisions a year. Most of the time he’s sitting around reading books, thinking, reading S-1s, playing bridge, traveling and golfing.

The mere thought of spending most of my time enjoying my hobbies is uncomfortable. But you can’t deny that Buffet is one of the most successful people at what he does. Not because of action, but because of inaction. Not because of immediate action-taking but because of judicious action-taking.

Naval asks:

Would you rather be the best in the world by working the hardest for it or by working the least for it, because you worked the most intelligently?

As I explore how to overcome my action-taking addiction, I’ll share my observations on the blog.