We are conditioned from a young age to think we need to be “ready” to take that next big step in life.
We are constantly being held back by societal norms afraid to take the first step towards our goals because we don’t believe that we are truly ready,as a result years go by, we end up not knowing what it would have been to live our dreams.
Statistics show that most of the successful entrepreneurs started before they were ready, from Bill Gates, Oprah, Steve Jobs to Elon Musk.
They all started before they had it all figured out; they did not have all the knowledge, all the answers. They took the leap and learnt to fail fast along the way.
This does not mean to say that you will just jump without any due diligence or any amount of knowledge at all.
Great entrepreneurs throughout history all questioned their own self-belief but the difference is that these great minds found their greatness not in being perfect but in realizing that perfection doesn’t and will never exist.
Entrepreneurship brings a lot of uncertainties around money, timelines, success, failure etc.
There will never a good time to start a business. The stars will never align. You will never have enough money, time, experience or information to start your own business.
Taking the leap and learning to fail fast is key, leaping allows you to learn more quickly about what works and what doesn’t.
You get to confront practical obstacles sooner so you can address or change them accordingly before you have invested a great deal of time or money.
Leaping allows us to face our fears head on, fear of failure, fear of change, rejection etc.It allows us to get a little glimpse of the new journey we want to take on.
We usually avoid taking the leap because it makes us vulnerable and forces us to face the uncomfortable realities of the vision of the new venture we want to embark.
Starting before we are ready allows us to live in the now, it changes our concept of one day I will start my own business to I have now started my own business.
Identify and challenge the excuses that hold you back.
“I don’t have enough money.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“I don’t know where to start.”
“My friends and family don’t think I can do this”.
“I’m not quite ready yet.”
We should be wary of the possibility that things won’t always go swimmingly when we take the leap. But if we let the fear of being unprepared for such contingencies stop us from taking steps forward, we’ll never get anywhere at all.
It’s okay to not feel like you’re ready to make big moves in life but sitting around waiting to “be ready” won’t get you anywhere. You need to actively go out and get the experience that will prepare you for the next step.
As long as you continue to take baby steps forward, you’ll eventually get where you want to be.
Time will not prepare you for what’s next in life. Only your experiences, and the lessons you learn from them, can.
For example, it is possible to grow a side business while still maintaining your full-time job, taking small actions everyday, scheduling time to focus on your side gig in the evenings or mornings – which will eventually give you the freedom to leave your 9-5 job and focus on your new venture.
Given the opportunities that the internet and e-commerce has created today the possibilities are endless for anyone who is passionate about creating a lifestyle of freedom for themselves and wanting to get out of being stuck in the rut.
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