I would like to share with you about the times where I find myself dabbling at things.
Do You Have ‘Shiny Object’ Syndrome?
Shiny object syndrome is a disease of distraction. Once they get there and see what the object is, they immediately lose interest and start chasing the next thing.
At times, I find myself dabbling. A couple of years ago, I have gained an interest in learning how to play golf. I bought all the gear, sign up for golf lessons and after taking ten lessons and playing one round of golf with my friends. I decided to quit. Yes, at that moment I was very interested. But I realized after trying it that I could not commit to it and somehow lost the excitement to keep going. I was dabbling.
It seems to be a growing trend that most people are constantly dabbling at things. They are starters and they get distracted easily. They are known as the shiny object syndrome people. This loss of focus is causing them countless lost of productivity, money and time.
What really happen is that everyone is always starting something new, but nothing ever gets finished.
Therefore, the uncountable time and money are wasted in the chase of the new, shiny object without considering the consequences or thinking strategically whether it is right for the business. So, no matter what area of mastery that you want to accomplish in your life, whether it is sports, whether it is business, whether it is a new skill that you want to learn. At the end of the day, it comes down to this one thing, which is practice! But when it comes to practicing, you want to be focused and purposeful about it. You need a plan and that you are modeling individuals who have already done it.
Think about it. Successful pioneers or businessmen like Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet, they have it all figured out. There are all these different people that have done it all. What I am trying to say is rather than trying to figure out or reinvent the wheel, model those people who have already done it because success leaves clues. If you can learn the methods that someone else used to succeed, then you can basically achieve the same outcome. So, practice from the right people.
What is it that you would like to achieve? What are the things that you would like to change? How would changing these things help you in the long-run? I’d love to find out what are your answer to these questions.