Why Blogs are a Complete Waste of Time

By Seamus Anthony

Reading multiple “how to” blogs and books is a complete waste of time and here’s why…

The secret to success in life is simple. It goes like this:

  1. Decide what the One Thing you really want to do is.
  2. Work relentlessly at being great at doing it.
  3. After you’ve been working at it for a while honestly appraise whether you are talented enough in this area to succeed (believe me, I have seen enough live music to know that sometimes hard work just ain’t enough to cover for complete lack of talent).
  4. Keep working at it.
  5. Get it out there (don’t hide under a bushel).
  6. Don’t get distracted.
  7. Keep working at it until you succeed.

This is the conclusion I have come to after years and years of digesting just about all the self-help and “how to” literature that one man should ever read.

Of course everybody’s journey is different and I am generalizing, but my point is that at the end of any self-help journey this is where you end up if you are actually going to go on and succeed.

At one point in my life I needed to read all those books and blog posts, but it all lead me back to the conclusion that drove me onward and upward when I was younger adult (and was doing quite well for myself – before I got distracted). This conclusion is simple:

If you do things, things get done.

So if you are looking for a magic bullet, there it is. Put down the self-help book, unsubscribe from the How-to blogs and to quote one of the world’s more successful individuals, Jerry Seinfeld: “Just work.”

In case you simply aren’t ready to follow this advice, then here are links to two of the more to-the-point and useful “how to succeed” posts that I have come across (but you’d be better just to get to work right now and save the reading until their is no way you could be working, which is not very often).

How To Walk On Water

The 3 Secrets To Success (says it’s about online marketing success but the points apply across the board).

As for me – I am tired of reading self-help and how-to books (unless I need a specific piece of technical knowledge) and I am convinced that the only way forward is just to work hard towards what I want (and know I am good at). I am so convinced that this is true that I am as of 2009 – documenting my journey towards my goals to prove that I am right.

Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. Thanks for this post. I like the monomaniacal obsession idea. I would add that a few of the rules on the 7-point list, especially “don’t hide under a bushel,” may be easier said than done and may still justify meditation and other approaches to get us more comfortable with ourselves (and showing who we are).

  2. I read and comment on blogs to make friends with other bloggers – so is part of what I’m aiming for.

    Complete agreement from me on the ‘formula’ for success.

    I have a motto: work smarter not harder. I guess the blogs and books are places where we might find ways of working smarter. This hasn’t happened often for me!

  3. Thanks for the comments guys. The truth is I was really playing Devil’s advocate with this post. There is plenty of grey area here and I am not unaware of the inherent irony of me bothering to maintain a blog if I think it is a complete waste of time! The thing is it makes a better headline than “sometimes it is a good idea to stop reading blogs and actually do some work”. Speaking of which…

  4. You trying to put me outta business, Seamus? :p

    In all seriousness, though, you’re right on point with this. One of the first things I tell people who ask me what they need to do to become more productive is “stop reading and thinking and start doing.”

    And, of course, I spent a lot of time reading books, blogs, and How-tos before I realized I knew enough already. Now I only read books about things I don’t know or need to get better at (design, etc.) instead of productivity and personal development stuff.

    Great job. Now I’ll have a hard time writing today’s post. ;p

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