This is a re-post from Jon Acuff’s blog (http://acuff.me/2015/01/funeral-probably-missed/):
Very few people came to the funeral.
It was a quiet ceremony without a lot of fan fare.
No one spoke at the service because we were all so glad to see it go.
Death is never easy but in this case it was, for the funeral was not for a person, but rather a phrase.
Years ago, the phrase “I don’t know how to do that” died.
It had been with us for years. I remember in the 1980s and early 1990s saying it often. When I ran into a problem as a teenager I could proclaim with great certainty “I don’t know how to do that!”
Perhaps my mom would drive me to the library so that I could sort through books or research things slowly. Perhaps there was someone in my circle of friends who knew the answer, but sitting at home, both of those sources of information were seemingly out of reach. I couldn’t quickly contact friends unless they were sitting right next to the phone which was attached to their house. I couldn’t easily connect with experts from around the world. You could give up so much easier in the 1990s by just saying, “I don’t know how to do that.”
Until the Internet murdered that phrase.
You can no longer ever say, “I don’t know how to do that,” because you have the means to figure it out.
Don’t know how to write a book? That phrase brought up 783 million results in 0.57 seconds on Google.
Don’t know how to file an LLC? That phrase brought up 189 million results in 0.70 seconds on Google.
Don’t know how to lose weight? That phrase brought up 117 million results in 0.37 seconds on Google.
You know how to learn anything you feel called to do.
You just have to do it.
That’s not easy. Things that matter never are. All the knowledge in the world is just wasted data unless you hustle.
So the question isn’t, “What do you do if you don’t know how to do something?” That question died a few years ago too.
The question is, “What are you going to do now that you know there’s a way to do virtually anything?”