You can do anything, but not everything

I saw the above picture on my timeline today and didn’t fully grasp what it meant when it said, “You can do anything, but not everything”.

As I stood there thinking about it the answer then flashed into my head. I have to say it is very simple and you may at this point already be saying, “Duh Dylan that’s common sense”.

The Answer is:

You can do anything that you put your mind to, but the catch is that you cannot do tons of things at the same time.

At the end of the day we are just human beings and are limited to our finite minds and bodies.

So how can this quote help you?

It shows you that life is quite simple and that you do not have to over complicate it with tons of obligations.

Action Steps:

  1. Pick an area of your life that you would like to change and then wholeheartedly dedicate yourself to that area.
  2. Close your mind off to all of the distractions that will cause you to spread your energy thin.
  3. Get your mind right.

I truly believe that you can have anything that you put your mind to, but just remember to not over complicate it with useless stuff.

You can have everything that you desire. If you desire the world then dammit claim the world for yourself.

Your friend,

Dylan Madden

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About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I write articles for the person looking for more out of life. Who knows they can be better, but needs a little guidance and motivation. I work online while traveling the world. And live a life where I can do do whatever I want. If that interests you, welcome to Calm and Collected.

12 comments add your comment

  1. Really great stuff! As soon as I read it, it made perfect sense. I think we as humans, like to be able to try to do everything! Especially if we are driven enough. We definitely want to be able to conquer it all, but it’s not necessarily the best use of our energy. We should be more focused on what we need and want to do, rather than everything else.

    I definitely agree with your point about over-complicating things. We definitely do this all the time and it is definitely one of those things that we should overcome as well. Thank you for sharing that, as it is truly important.

    Definitely liking the layout of WOTO and the lion logo up top!

    • Thank you Jacob. Just focus on what you want and use your energy towards the right things. Believe me when I say it will work wonders.
      Thanks I finally got the layout how I wanted it.

  2. This is absolutely true and a great post.

    And for too long I fell into just that trap of trying to do everything – and being mediocre at best at everything as a result.

    Dedication to 1 – 3 things is now my goal. I thought I would feel like I was missing out by dropping all that other stuff, but I honestly I feel much more fulfilled.

    Thank you for sharing this quote.

    • I did the same for years. I thought that the more I did the better I would be, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Now I focus on just a few things. Take this blog as an example it is my life so it is my main focus when I wake up. I think throughout the day on how I can offer more value. Something that really helps me is being present wherever I am. If I am with my friends I focus on enjoying the time with them not checking my texts. If I am responding to a comment or email I am 100% there. Another thing you can do is check out http://alphaphilosophy.com/adopt-zen/ he does a great job talking about being completely there.

      Your friend,

  3. This hits home. You know that joy when you see a headline and already know that somebody had the same realization as you?

    By the way, I recommend an improvement to your blog layout: Between 960 and 1200 pixels width, your responsive layout creates a really narrow and tall content column which is not nice to read. I would either ditch the sidebar, move it to the bottom or collapse it in some way.

  4. I really liked what you said and how you aswered the question. The way you explain things make it seem so simple and thinking “I would have never thought of that, I’m glad you did!!”. Great article.

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