Well, kind of. I grew up on the Eastside of the Greater Seattle area but now live in Seattle. Does that count? At least I’m currently “Straight Outta Seattle”?
In case you’re wondering (or totally new here), I’m a huge fan of hip hop. I do like music of various genres but hip hop is definitely my favorite. The key song that started it all? “Thugz Mansion” by 2pac. In 7th grade. And the rest is history.
Oh and 2pac is my favorite. Until the end of time.
I recently got to see the movie “Straight Outta Compton” a couple days ago. Don’t worry I won’t reveal any spoilers here, you’ll want to go out and see the movie for yourself. I would highly recommend it.
One thing that’s commonly heard is the phrase, “Start before you’re ready”.
But is that true? Should you really?
I believe this is absolutely true in almost all aspects of life.
That aside, the pressing question is are you ever really ready to do anything? And if you are, how much time did you spend prepping? You end up spending hours to days to years trying to prepare yourself for something - a relationship, a new job, switching from a 9-5 to building your own start-up, finally writing that book, re-doing your portfolio, etc.
Realize that tons of success stories weren’t well planned. Or planned out at all. Don’t get bogged down by the paperwork and the “business plan” part of the business. You might end up wasting a lot of time and then when you’re done with that, spend too much time trying to follow it. Will you totally break down if something doesn’t go according to “the plan”?
A big question is, should you be spending a ridiculous amount of time going over company bylaws and writing out a mission statement? Maybe. If you have the time. But once you do, move on and take action.
This is KEY.
Believe me, I have wasted countless hours pouring over business plans, marketing plans, taking notes, researching, studying, reading, thinking, watching the videos, listening to the podcasts, going to the workshops, blah blah blah.
*Fair warning there is language coming up*
Let me tell you right now, none of that means SHIT if you don’t actually do something about it.
The person who takes a step forward and actually does something with what they’ve got will always be lightyears ahead of the person pouring over paperwork and schedules. Period.
That's how I started this blog. Over a year ago. I had no idea what I was doing but I started writing and sharing it anyways. And I've managed to post almost every single week (except for 1 when I went to Sasquatch!) since then.
Now that you’re done reading this. Go do something. Something real. Tangible. Actionable. Stop thinking about it. You’re probably thinking too much anyways.
Cheers to action,