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Much of success boils down to doing the real thing and not an imitation of the real thing.
For example, if you want to learn a language: Start with full immersion. Speak from day one only in the language, except for work, friends, and family. The alternative is to download an app, listen to a podcast, and maybe you'll converse on occasion but may never communicate in the language at all.
To start, ask yourself how you would do this if doing it well was all that mattered.
Starting with what would work, you now ask how you could make it possible.
Maybe you want to learn a language, but the real thing is out of reach because you're stuck at home. You want to work in a real firm, but they won't hire you.
Now is the time for substitutions. You can't travel, but you aim for immersion at home. You can't work in the real office, but you train on the tools they have.
Now is the time to make your efforts easier.
If you initially started with easy, you'll be tempted to do something convenient instead of something that works. However, once you know what needs to be done, make it easier to execute. Use systems and routines. Use every tactic to make it less difficult.
The hard way forces you to ask if you are willing to put in the effort to do it.
Sometimes the answer is no. The cost is too high, or other obligations take priority. No is a valid answer. Better to say no now, and not let it eat away at your resolve. But if your answer is yes, you know how to do it.
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