Failure as a Result of Inaction
Do I want to be stuck working a full time job forever? Can I start a successful blog? Do people actually want or need to know the things I know?
The answer to most of these questions is simply, I don’t know. The interesting thing is why I don’t know. See, if I have never stopped working full time, tried to start a blog, or made my knowledge available to the world I could not possibly know any of these things. All I have is the assumptions in my mind that are normally based on what is easiest. Here is an example:
Me: I wonder if i want to really work a full time job forever.
Brain: It seems risky not too, look at everyone one else, do you really think you will stand out?
Me: You are right, but what if most people are doing the wrong thing, isn’t that why most people are not successful?
Brain: Maybe, but it seems pretty difficult to stray off the beaten path. Wouldn’t you rather work, come home, and watch some TV?
Me: That’s true, I do like TV and it is much easier than chasing some crazy dream. I don’t think that lifestyle is for me anyway.
Brain: That sounds much better. Good talk!
I have this conversation with myself all the time. I wonder what life might be like if I decided to do something risky, dangerous, or even just time consuming and I just end up talking myself out of it. This blog is an example, I know it is not risky or dangerous physically, but what if people do not like my blog or my ideas? What if I waste hours of my life for nothing? I know a lot of people have this same mindset, but I would like to argue that doing anything that makes you even a little uncomfortable is the best thing you can do. You as a person are made up of your genetics and experiences, those are the things that give you value. What do I mean by this? If you look at any successful person in the world you will see them in the form of short, tall, skinny, fat, ugly, beautiful, poor, rich, etc. The biggest difference between these people and you are their experiences.
Now, I am sure you are thinking that most of these people are just the lucky ones that were in the right place at the right time. Honestly, in some cases you might be 100% correct. However, most of these people still had to make a decision that left their comfort behind and led them into uncharted or dangerous territory, both physically and metaphorically. Lets look at an example:
I know it can be annoying pointing out the most obvious successful people, but just give me 30 seconds to convince you he had humble beginnings.
In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computer. The duo started in the Jobs family garage, funding their entrepreneurial venture by Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his beloved scientific calculator.
-Biography.com Editors https://www.biography.com/people/steve-jobs-9354805
So, we have a 21 year old Steve Jobs partnered with Steve Wozniak who sell some of their most prized possessions in order to start running a business out of a garage. It is easy to glaze over the story and miss the difficulty behind doing this, but lets just take a moment to break it down. If you are/were 21 years old would you sell your primary mode of transportation in order to start a business out of your garage? Or would you be afraid that it might not work? Heck you might lose hours of your time and sell your car for absolutely nothing.
These are the things our brains tell us to keep us from striving for greatness. We have to learn to take risks and leverage our minds to work for us and not against us. I am not saying to take a risk every time you have the opportunity, but when is the last time you considered giving up anything you cared about to chase your dream?
I hope this post finds someone who needs it, if not I have only lost my time and a little bit of money for my WordPress site, but if nothing else I have the experiences.
Please forgive any typo’s, these are my humbles beginnings whether I am successful or not.