There are a lot of questions when you start a new project. Questions and thoughts about various creative ideas, business strategies, time allocation, and more all start to fill your head. All to often we’re driven to inaction. I was telling this to a family member last week when they told me about how they wanted to start writing. “Go sign up on Tumblr, and write your first post now”, I said to them. They had all types of questions just as we always do!
How will I get people to read my post? What if people don’t like what I have to say? Can I get in trouble for voicing my opinion? There are so many reasons not to do things. There are far too many excuses to put things off. One friend of mine wrote this week about how she started and subsequently lost $10,000 in 3 days. Fortunately she turned things around after learning from her mistakes.
While working out this morning I also heard a clip from Ramit Sethi on a podcast where he talked about failure and how he’s not afraid of it. In fact, he keeps a list of all his failures in his inbox and if he doesn’t have at least 5 per month, he figures he isn’t learning.
Another instance of this lesson appeared in my inbox earlier this week via Mike Taber who said the following:
Don’t be afraid to start moving in any given direction. It might not be optimal. Chances are good that you may not even be pointed at the target. But it’s easier to perform continuous course corrections than to overcome the inertia of not moving at all.
Failure is inevitable and is what leads to learning. You can’t learn without starting though. The lesson: if you have something you want to do, just get out there and start. That’s the only way to get anywhere!