If you’re like most people, there’s probably something you really want to do but you keep telling yourself you’re not ready.
That’s just not true.
The key to doing anything is doing it before you’re ready. If you waited until you were 100% capable enough to do things in your life, you’d still be crawling. Just like when you started walking, you have to start before you know how to do something and learn as you go.
Whatever it is you want to accomplish, start taking steps now.
Start learning. Start practicing. Start looking for jobs. Start writing, painting, teaching, designing, managing, speaking—whatever you want to do.
You will make mistakes. That’s unavoidable, and that’s OK. In fact, it’s a good, vital thing. You’ll learn from mistakes, take responsibility for them, and repair them as best you can. This is what will ultimately make you great at what you do.
Sometimes, the best way to learn what to do is by finding out what not to do.
If I’d known what I know now when I started my company, I would’ve done things very differently and probably saved tens of thousands of dollars. I can sit around and beat myself up over that, or I can be glad for the knowledge I gained and use that information to make different decisions going forward.
I now see patterns in things I didn’t see when I was first starting out. I know what to look for when sizing up a vendor. I know what I’m willing to accept and what I’m not—so that makes business deals, partnerships, and purchases much easier.
Don’t let fear of not doing things perfectly keep you from doing them at all.
Michelangelo wasn’t born knowing how to paint or sculpt. He learned one step at a time. And I guarantee you some of his early work was terrible. But he didn’t let that stop him from getting better and better until he was accomplished enough to become a household name, even today.
Get started. Keep at it. Learn from everything you do—what works and what doesn’t. You only reach your goal by taking steps toward it.