You Don’t Have To Be Good To Get Started
But you have to get started to be good.
Starting any new endeavor is scary. Whether that is starting a business, opening an Etsy shop, writing a blog, or starting a YouTube channel, it’s all scary stuff. I talk to a lot of women who want to make a big leap of faith and start an entrepreneurial journey. One of the most common things I hear them say is, “I am not good enough at it yet to really put myself out there.” They put off starting something that could be life changing simply because they don’t think they have what it takes to get started and be successful. They look at the skills and talent of people they admire, and mistakenly believe that they can’t have that same success unless they are as skilled as those people.
Does that sound like you? If so, here is what you need to know. Those successful people have spent years honing their skills, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and gaining wisdom and experience. If you were to ask any of those people to show you some of their original work from when they got started, they would be glad to show you. But they would also be a little embarrassed.
Very few successful people started with all the skill and talent that they have today. They started with something simple, and something you already have.
Your dream - that thing that you are itching to get started on but are too scared to take the plunge - is what puts you on par with the successful people you look up to. You already have something in common with them because you share their entrepreneurial spirit. The only difference between their journey and yours so far is that they have taken those scary first steps and you haven’t. Yet.
A 2017 study found that one of the most prominent traits of successful people is comfort with uncertainty. I think it’s the fear of the unknown that stops so many great and prosperous adventures from getting started. We have big ideas, but we fear failure. We save up the funds to get started, but we worry about losing it all. We want to put ourselves out there on social media, but the uncertainty of how we will be received by the public stops us in our tracks.
Get comfortable with pushing yourself past that fear of the unknown. Your success is out there waiting for you, if you would just force yourself to start. Stop waiting to be “great” at whatever it is you want to do. Stop putting it off until you’re “better,” or “more experienced.” Start now! If you aren’t ready to take the FULL plunge, you can at least do little things to work toward your dreams.
If it’s to have a YouTube channel, film a video on your phone.
If it’s to be a blogger, write a review of your favorite Amazon product.
If it’s to start a business, decide on the name.
You don’t have to share any of this with anyone yet. Just do it privately and sit with it. You’ll be amazed at how inspired you become after taking those simple tiny steps forward. Keep taking those tiny steps. Make a point of doing something toward your dream at least twice a week. With time, you will find that your thirst for success will outweigh the fear of uncertainty or failure, and taking the real final plunge will feel like the only acceptable path.
You don’t have to be good to get started, but you have to get started to be good. Start now by doing whatever you can. Give it your all. Yes, you might be embarrassed of your first attempt when you look back on it in a few years. But by then, you will be so successful that you will look on those first attempts with fondness as a testament to how far you’ve come.
Know that. Embrace it. And start chasing down your dream today.