It is usually hard to start any new venture. It’s a mix of emotions with a bag of bittersweet expectations. You are likely to think about all the things that can go wrong and feel all kinds of fears – fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of embarrassment and fear of acceptance.
Here’s what I know. Once you start, you will realize that things are different in your head than in real life. And all the monsters you thought will gang up against you are also fighting to live and somehow minding their own business or do not even exist. Then, it dawns on you that you have been standing in your own way all this while, sabotaging your own life. So, do it. Just do it. Don’t complain. Stop whining. It won’t make any significant change until you are ready to get to work.
Go ahead. Do the work. Put in the hours. Create that thing. You’ve read about it enough. Don’t worry about what people will think. Start and as soon as you begin to see results you will be addicted to the game. Seek all the counsel you can but don’t let that stop you from taking action. You can never know enough and some things you need to know will come from experience. Learning is a progressive act. Don’t use it as an excuse to procrastinate. You will never have it all figured out. Move in faith.
In the startup world, they say ‘launch before you’re ready’ and ‘done is better than perfect’, so move. You may suck at it in the beginning. It’s totally fine because you will get better. You will grow. You will know better and then do better. But for now, start. Start where you are. Start with all the fears. Start even when you feel like a fraud and do not qualify. Start and give it your best. Be open for feedback. Pick the brains of the best people in your field. But don’t stop moving in the right direction. Set milestones and smash them in ways you never expected.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is uncomfortable but rewarding. It is one way to grow. Think about all the good things that can happen if you gather enough courage to dare. Even if it fails, you can create your version of Thomas Edison’s quote ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work’ and try again. Just do it.