That’s a quote attributed to Bruce Lee, the famed martial artist and actor. There’s a lot of truth in that statement. He’s advocating action (of course). Don’t get paralyzed by indecision. When confronted with a difficult or unpleasant task, the way to start is to identify a step you can take right now toward accomplishing the task, no matter how small that step is, and do it.
It is true that sometimes, problems solve themselves if you leave them alone for a while. It is also true that if you are stuck, letting something sit for a while, then coming back to it, can often result in new insight that helps you complete the task. Too often, however, those can just be ways to procrastinate. My solution is to let a tough task sit for a little while, then grab it and get it done whether I have any new insight or not.
Did you know that (according to Wikipedia), the pallbearers at Lee’s funeral included Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, and George Lazenby? That’s quite a cast, right there.
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