Someone likely told me this before, but some lessons don’t stick the first time. It may take 2, 3 or 10 repetitions before you truly learn it. And that lesson is this:
The only way do work that matters is to do work. Talking to people and reading might feel productive, but it doesn’t produce work that matters.
It might fail, it might scare you, but by doing nothing you don’t even have a chance.