You don’t need…

You don’t need…

  • Permission
  • More books, more sources, more information
  • Another day to think it over
  • More brain power
  • To have had a better upbringing, richer parents, more privilege
  • A degree from a better school, or even a higher degree
  • To wait until the kids are grown up, or until your spouse gets on board
  • More ideas
  • People to like you, your idea, or your work
  • To keep revising, perfecting and polishing
  • Another meeting, another study, or buy-in from another stakeholder
  • More resources
  • More glory
  • Fewer obstacles
  • Financial security
  • More supportive friends, family, coworkers, supporters, clients, customers, or other audiences
  • [insert alternate reason here]

What do need is to get your ideas onto paper, into a plan, and out the door as soon as possible.  Every single item on this list might be nice and might help. But, more often than not we create excuses out of every corner of the imperfect world. If only the world, the circumstances were just so, then I’d do my big crazy idea. If the world were perfect, we wouldn’t need your idea, and if the world were perfect you probably wouldn’t have come up with it in the first place.

So, stop wishing things were better, and start making it happen. Break it down into small pieces and move it out the door. That’s the only way anyone has ever done it.

Some of my favorite resources for the job:

You don’t need…