Let’s compare 2 artists:
1. Incredibly talented artist who creates the world’s most beautiful paintings that anyone has ever lied eyes on. The problem is, only a handful of people have seen it because he doesn’t think it’s “good enough” so he’s hesitant to show his artwork off to hardly anyone. He’s an extremely gifted, yet starving artist.
2. Mediocre artist whose ability is just meh. But she doesn’t give a shit….she shows off her art to anyone who will look at it. She stuffs it in their faces on all sorts of social networks. She has fans all over the world. Fans that pay good money for her decent artwork. She’s the artist in her town and she’s heavily involved in the art community. Local artists look up to her and ask her for advice.
Which artist would you like to be?
The thing is, you can be the most talented person in the world but that doesn’t mean shit if people don’t know you. What’s even worse, you probably aren’t even giving yourself a chance. Maybe you just have this great idea in your head but you haven’t done anything to actually bring it to life…into something that you can share with the world. What good is it doing you if it’s just in your head? Maybe you’ve gotten a little further and have something to show for it but you have no idea how to get the word out? Why haven’t you gotten any further?
There’s plenty of excuses you can tell yourself as to why you have gotten any further with your idea: I don’t have time, I don’t have money, I don’t know if it’ll work, no one will want it, I’m scared, I’m not ready, I don’t know where to start, etc.
Who. The. Fuck. Cares?
You’re creating these self-imposing limits in your mind. You’re creating doubts in your head before you even get started. You’re consciously choosing to be okay leading a miserable existence. You’re your own worst enemy. Your biggest hindrance. Your biggest liability.
This shit has got to stop. You’re better than this.
You don’t have time? Take a baseball bat to your t.v. Instead of watching Shark Tank and seeing everyone else chasing their dreams, fuckin’ work on your own. Make your idea a priority and work on it instead of surfing Facebook to see what your “friends” are up to.
You don’t have money? Don’t eat fuckin’ Chipotle everyday. Sell some shit that’s collecting dust in the corner of your garage on eBay. Get rid of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Cancel your gym membership that you never use. Right there’s 4 easy ways to “free” up some money. It’s that simple. Don’t over-complicate things.
You don’t know if it’ll work? No fuckin’ shit. You haven’t even tried! You aren’t giving yourself a chance to succeed. Or to fail. Failure is okay! Failure is good! That’s how you learn! You literally don’t know until you try. Experiment. Get weird. Get out of your comfort zone.
You don’t think anyone will want it? There’s how many billion people on this planet? Chances are there’s someone just like you that would see the value in your idea just like you do. But they don’t know about you and your product because you’re too much of a pussy to put it out there for the world to come across.
You’re scared? So what. If you aren’t scared then your dream isn’t big enough. Again, get out of your comfort zone. Get off the fuckin’ sidelines and get in the game. You have to take chances. You don’t have all the answers and you have to be okay with that. You have to feel the fear but do it anyways. The world is rarely changed by sitting on the couch.
You’re not ready? Too bad, you never will be. Nothing will be perfect. The timing is always off. Things rarely ever go according to plan. Deal with it. Jump and the net will appear. Take some action. Action leads to results. Do something…anything each day that will bring you closer to being “ready.” My original idea was to publish a post a week and to have 6 months of posts written and ready to publish in case something came up. It took my fiance telling me that was stupid and that I should stop waiting and just start publishing them already. She also helped me decide that since I already had some written and ready to go, I should publish one and write one to make up for the one that was published so I always have some ready. She’s so smart!
You don’t know where to start? Bad news…no one does. No one has a fuckin’ clue what they’re doing! They’re just doing their best. But hey, that’s more than what you’re doing? Am I right? You just have to suck it up and do something. Be prepared to fail. Get used to failing. No one gets anything right 100% of the time. But guess what? The more chances you take, the better your percentage gets.
You know the difference between me and you? You know me and I don’t know shit about you. You know why? Because I got off my ass and stopped making excuses. I stopped feeling sorry for myself and quit wasting time playing video games. Each hour of playing video games or watching t.v. is an hour that isn’t getting you any closer to your dream….to a better life for you and your family….to you actually being happy.
I finally took the plunge. I put myself out there for the world to see. I stopped just dreaming and started doing. I stopped being a corporate bitch. I decided I didn’t want to be at the mercy of a recruiter to get an interview. I decided that I’m better than a “lucrative” internship.
I decided that enough was enough. I was done playing by everyone else’s rules. Those just got me frustrated, miserable, and into student loan debt.
I hope you feel the same. I hope you feel like enough is enough. I hope that you feel like I’ve insulted you. That means the tough love worked like it should have.
Stop wasting your time doing something you hate just because it pays the bills. Yes, paying the bills is important but you actually being happy and controlling your life is so much more important.
You have no idea how many guides and books I’ve bought about business, creating a business, blogging, etc. If you can think about it, I’ve probably read about it. I read so much and had so many ideas that I didn’t know where to start. I had idea paralysis as I like to call it. I didn’t know where to start or what to do first. So I did nothing.
But this time is different. This time I’m not letting my past roadblocks stop me. This blogging stuff is scary. I didn’t know if anyone would read it, let alone get some value from it. But I took a chance and I put myself out there. The blog’s only been around for a week but its a “success” to me so far. I only wish that I would have started it earlier. But like my other blog post said, “what better place than here? What better time than now?”