——Smash fear, learn anything.
I find that the best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions.
Languages. Material versus method.
As soon as I focused on this material, I took off. I ended up being able to read Asahi Shinbu, Asahi newspaper, about six months later — so a total of 11 months later — and went from Japanese I to Japanese VI. Ended up doing translation work at age 16 when I returned to the U.S., and have continued to apply this "material over method" approach to close to a dozen languages now. Someone who was terrible at languages, and at any given time, speak, read and write five or six. This brings us to the point, which is, its oftentimes what you do, not how you do it, that is the determining factor. This is the difference between being effective — doing the right things — and being efficient — doing things well whether or not theyre important.
So fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldnt do. More often than not it shows you exactly what you should do. And the best results that Ive had in life, the most enjoyable times, have all been from asking a simple question: whats the worst that can happen? Especially with fears you gained when you were a child. Take the analytical frameworks, the capabilities you have, apply them to old fears. Apply them to very big dreams.