Thanks Mark Twain for that very apt quote!
Following on from yesterdays post about taking action I wanted to give you a real life example.
My 12 year old wants to be a popstar.
I mean didn’t we all have grandiose ideas at that age? Maybe not a popstar, but perhaps a movie star, a brain surgeon, a rocket scientist, the President!
Even though I very fortunately had parents who told me I could achieve anything I wanted too if I worked hard enough for it, they meant, of course, within ‘achievable’ professions. An accountant perhaps, even a CEO one day if I really put my back into it.
They didn’t mean anything as lofty as a pop or movie star. That was simply dreamland.
Even celebs started life pooing in nappies like the rest of us, so what makes their career choice so unachievable.
Little did my parents know that these days anyone can become a celeb, from a singer, an actress, entrepreneurs, sports stars, even the old woman dancing at the bus stop who’s video goes viral!
But back to my daughter.
I have told her that she can totally become a popstar if she takes action on it, every single day.
She has to want it so badly she’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen (under strict supervision of course).
The most important thing however is that she just get started. Right now.
So she created an Instagram account and started posting videos of her singing clips of songs.
The account is unbranded, has a terrible name and her videos are raw and unrehearsed.
If she continues to do this day after day, week after week over the next few years, she will start to brand, start to rehearse, start to look for ways to improve the production quality.
She’ll grow fans & followers and will learn from feedback what works and what doesn’t. She’ll become hardened to criticism and begin to promote her videos elsewhere.
She will grow, improve, tweak, learn, expand and most importantly over time decide whether this is something she really wants to pursue.
But if she didn’t start now and just waited until she was a bit older and maybe had some audition opportunities or joined a band, it would take her that much longer to decide if this is what she really wants to do.
The point is – if you’re sitting on a business idea and you’re not sure it’s the right one or if it will fly or if it’s really what you want to do you’ll never know until you just get started on it.
Clarity comes from action!
Success comes from action!
Failure & learning comes from action!
Stop thinking about it and just get started. It’s the absolute secret to getting ahead!