If I had just a penny for every person who told me just two things they needed to get done in order to start with the dream business, or the venture that will make them successful, I’d be rich.
The line always starts with, “When I get this book, project, business, idea, whatever off the ground I will be set.” We covered that yesterday, with the statement that you have to take small steps to get to your goal; the big things do not happen all at once. You have to take steps to make them happen.
Well the next thing is you do not have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to become a great. So many people tell me the stories of what they are waiting for to get started. I loved watching Loral Langemeier take questions from the room of our event last week. She asked them what they needed to know to get started.
I heard it time and time again over the last month – how people are waiting on a logo, waiting on a web developer, waiting on a book to be shipped, waiting to get a book back from editing, waiting to find a product that is the perfect fit.
I recall when I was working at Starbucks in 2006, I had one real estate agent and mortgage person talking to me. I started a process of waiting to make this dream come true then, due to a sidetrack from a direct sales company, I stopped. I was a victim of the idea, “I’ll wait till I get this” to take the next step.
While in that case I did need the money to buy the property, there were so many other things I could have been doing. I was easily distracted with the flash of, “Do this and you can make the money to get that.”
I have learned that if you want to succeed at something, you must set the goals and direction of where you want to go, then like a plane getting it off the ground and moving into flight, you correct as you go.
A lot of people have told me, “I need to get this done first.” Almost every one of them could be doing something small that would start them in the direction they want to be going.
So here is the way around today’s myth: get started. You don’t have to be perfect at it. As you start on a mission, people are going to grab your vision and come along side of you and help. If you have to, start by selling someone else’s product or service that can lead you to the venture you want.
I am so glad that with all the struggles of building a car wash industry, I did not let the fact that 30 other people were doing the same business in my town. I got started and found my own body of faithful customers. I built it into a unique niche that I was one of three offering the service I did, in a 50 square-mile area. That is lots of business, but I started with something to work to find that.
Now I am working to help entrepreneurs get started. It does not matter if you have a job, or 2 jobs. If you have a dream, find a way to make it happen. If a dreamer wants to succeed, he or she will work day and night to make it happen. Watch the movie, “The Pursuit of Happiness” sometime. That movie showed some of the hardest times it takes to succeed. Are you willing to get started, even if it means those kinds of tough times are in your future?
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?