The #1 Thing Better Than Knowledge In Game Development
Today, we’re going to talk about knowledge. But not knowledge as you think we’re going to talk about. It’s a little more in-depth. What I mean by that is simple. Knowledge for a long time was my goal. Whenever I would start learning something like game development, programming or whatever, I always want to acquire knowledge. I got addicted to this acquisition of knowledge for a long time. When you start gathering knowledge, especially if you’re afraid to execute, it can consume you. You can just read article after book after resource after resource and before you know it, you haven’t gotten anywhere.
You have knowledge but you haven’t done anything with it. Growing up, I always heard the term knowledge is power and I used to really bank on that when I would learn these things, gather this knowledge, and read these books. At one point, I was reading five books a week. I would read ridiculously trying to gather all the knowledge I could because I thought the more knowledge I gathered the more power I have.
Well after running and failing at several businesses, after working with hundreds of people around the globe, and after seriously being almost homeless and broke and having to choose between feeding me and my dog, then, making a ton of money; more money than I even know what to do with. Having to juxtaposition those two things has taught me something. It taught me that knowledge is not power. Knowledge is potential power. The execution is actually the power.
A lot of times people get so stuck on the knowledge. They get addicted to it. They’re just there, researching and they never actually start along the path that they need to because they feel their knowledge is enough. For me personally, just the idea of knowledge was enough to keep me going a lot longer than I thought it would. Acquiring knowledge, grabbing these little pieces of tidbits out of Google, out of books, out of documentaries… tricks my brain into thinking I was getting somewhere.
I thought, “Hey, I learned something so that means I’m closer to my goal.” What I realized is that the majority of tactical stuff you learn is not in books, in school, in college—it’s not in any of those places. And the place what you really find that knowledge, where you really get the valuable stuff, where you really learn lessons, not just acquire knowledge, is from experience—from actually going out and doing things.
When I posted the article about college, one of the things I mentioned was that I thought that there was some kind of hidden knowledge that all these famous game developers had. Even though I didn’t want to, I went to school because I wanted to get this knowledge from them. I wanted to get this epic knowledge that no one else knew from these people that are experts. I realized that the only way to acquire the knowledge needed on that level, to get the expert knowledge, to get the insider secrets, to get the stuff that can 10x your business, or can change your life, comes from experience and learning stuff as you do it.
Many times the lessons that you learn the most are the ones wherein you jump in just a little too early, when you weren’t quite prepared for it. I think that in this day and age, a lot of us trick ourselves into thinking that knowledge is progress, that knowledge is power. The problem is we live in an Information Age. We live with instant access to all the knowledge known to man. And all this knowledge is absorbed by your brain over and over and over again, for days, weeks, and months before you start on something, and yet it doesn’t get you anywhere.
It may seem like you’re making progress. It may seem like you’re learning and acquiring all this stuff, but really the way to move forward, the way to get your shit out there, and like make shit happen in the world, is to JUST DO IT.
You learn more from just doing something than acquiring knowledge on it. That really struck me when I realize that because, again, like I used to hear that knowledge is power, knowledge is power, knowledge is power—but it’s not power, it’s potential power.
It still requires that catalyst, that action, that movement on your part it. It requires you to move forth and do things in the world—that you can’t just sit around and know stuff and then expect to get somewhere with it.
That’s all I really wanted to share today. I know many people get stuck on the knowledge part on the path to learning. Then, they learn so much that they get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start and it spirals out of control.
That always drove me crazy because I know that that’s happened to me many times. There have been so many times that I was scared to start, so I just spent all my time gathering knowledge. I trick myself into thinking that this was somehow helping me, so I’m just going to keep reading books and articles. I’m not going to start yet because I’m not quite ready. I just want to keep reading and reading.
My advice is JUST JUMP RIGHT IN, MAN. I learned more from jumping right in. Everything that I’ve done from business, to marketing, to game development, to programming, to everything—I learned it all from just jumping in. While I love knowledge—I’m a huge fan of knowledge—it’s not power, its potential power.
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