The World is Permissionless

September 28, 2020

One of the earliest lessons you learn as a kid is to wait until someone says it’s okay, but this is irrelevant by the time you're 20 - the world is permissionless.

It makes sense, of course, why that lesson is so crucial. We don’t want kids running across the street without looking, eating everything they can put in their mouth, or going wherever they want after school. Kids are important and we have to keep them safe. Let’s both agree on that.

But by the time the child is grown, no one is going to give them permission.

Starting a business requires permission from no one.

Learning a new skill requires permission from no one.

Stop waiting for someone to give you permission.

This was something I dealt with for the past two years. In August 2017, I finished reading my first book for “fun.” After that, I got into the world of podcasts, personal development, businesses, and leadership. Since I loved listening to podcasts, I wanted to start one.

From February 2018 to April of 2020, I kept waiting for someone to give me permission. I would email CEOs, authors, and podcasters, pitching what I wanted to do for them. I never asked anything of them, I was just hoping they would say, “Go do it!”, or “Good luck.”

No one ever replied.

No one ever replied because no one is going to give me permission to pursue my dreams. And guess what? No one is going to give you permission either.

Set goals. Develop systems. Reach your dreams.

Stop waiting for someone to give you the green light. No one ever will.

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