"I wish I started learning when I was younger"

Wishing is a sneaky way to want something without holding yourself accountable to your own desires.

When you make statements like "I wish I started learning this when I was younger", what you’re really doing is imagining an impossible reality where it's possible to bypass the learning process.

People who possess valuable skills have earned them. They've won the battle against procrastination, avoided the temptation to pursue alternative options, and showed up to honor the process on days they didn't want to be there.

It's the process, which consumes effort in exchange for tiny slivers of progress, day-after-day, month-after-month, and year-after-year that incrementally amounts to meaningful expertise.

The amateur wishes they possessed valuable things. The professional knows they need to graduate from wishing to progressing if they are to truly achieve something.

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