It all starts with an idea. Everything around you started with an idea. Even you were an idea at some point, someone thought “some day I’m going to have a child” regardless of how or when you came about; you were once an aspiration and thought to someone. The chair you sit on started as an idea, it’s designed differently from other chairs because it’s a different idean from a different person. The device you are using to read this was once an idea; it’s shape, size and feautres and software were once just an idea. Now that we have established how far ideas can go, here’s an important question you hould be asking yourself “what am I waiting for?”
Let’s face it; we all have an idea. An idea that could change our lives or someone else’s life or even the world. So why then do we mostly never try?
Because it won’t work?
Because someone else tried it before?
Because we don’t have rescources?
Because we are inadequate?
This is exactly why many people don’t try anything; they don’t try to reach their goals or achieve their dreams simply because they fear failure. And honestly, if you don’t try you don’t get to fail. You simply just miss all the opportunities because you don’t try.
Worst of all, you go through life thinking “what if?” :
“What if I had started jogging?”
“What if I had told him/her?”
“What if I had bought shares in that company?”
“What if I started my company?”
“What if I had worked harder?”
“What if I had left this place?”
So many “what if”s. The saddest thing is that you will never know what would have happened if you had actually done something unless you do it now. If you start and fail it’s better than never having started at all. If you start and fail, you learn how to do it better. “Once bitten, twice shy” doesn’t apply to all aspects of life. It can apply if you want to lock yourself in a cage with actual lions but not everywhere in life. If you deal with a person and they scam you, you learn never to trust them again; next time you choose another person. If your business didn’t succeed the first time,you evaluate where and how you went wrong and then you build from a point of knowing how to avoid the same mistake again.
Most parts of life are much like school. In school, when you fail a test you write a revision or you get the opportunity to rewrite the test. You are not told that you have failed and shold never come back. You get the opportunity to better your previous performace. If you fail at the end of the year, you get the opportunity to do better next year. It may hurt to see all your friends and ex-classmates in the next class but it will hurt more if you quit because not only are you stuck in the same class for life but you get to watch everyone you used to know advance their lives while you may not. In some cases however, depending on the type of person you are; you could make excellent choices after leaving school and advance your life even far beyond all those you know. We are built differently. However,
nothing comes from nothing. If you don’t do something advancement of your
life is a far away dream.
So, “what are you waiting for still?” Start where you are, start with what you have. Any move you make is imperative towards your ultimate goal. If you’ve seen the movie “Social Network”, you will know that not everything starts out as what it will become but everything starts out resembling what it might become. What stated as a girl rating website moved to become the world’s largest friendship network which now offers business services and online shopping platforms. It startd as a website which connected people for one purpose and now connects people for a greater purpose and even allows them to make money on it while generating its own income.
Your idea may seem difficult to start, impossible to achieve and even too big for you to think about. You may feel powerless and unworthy of where you think it could end up. You may feel that your surroundings don’t allow you to make a move. But you won’t know until you try and you can’t fail if you don’t try; and most importantly you won’t learn to succeed if you never fail. Stop waiting for the unknown and start something; it could be a conversation, it could be a rough draft of a business plan, it could be singing at a corner of the street, it could even be miming at a road intersection. Just start.
Make the Nike slogan yours and remind yourself to “just do it”.
Take these words of Nelson Mandela and remind yourself that nothing in life comes easy, recite them to yourself every morning and say:
“it all seems impossible until it’s done” and today I’m goin to do it. I will keep working at it and no matter how many times I fall, I will get up and try again because it doesn’t matter how many times I fall but how many times I rise.
Going out there and start something; the world is waiting for your idea to change one life or billions of lives.