In 2006, when Barack Obama was contemplating to run for president, almost everyone advised him to wait his turn. They felt he was too much of an unknown and was too young. A bigger name candidate, Hillary Clinton was going to contest against him. Barack Obama threw away all this conventional wisdom and entered the race. He had energy superior strategies and superior organisation. This allowed him to compensate for everything and for everyone being against him. He rose to the occasion with a masterful campaign and was elected as America’s president. With energy and high morale, a human can overcome almost any obstacle and create opportunity out of nothing.
Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take the action. Take the action and your feelings will change. – Barbara Baron
Successful people start before they feel ready
If you were to summarise the habits of successful people into one phrase, it’s this: “successful people start before they feel ready”. If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.
That’s the thing about taking an action. You don’t know that you can do it until you do it. And then you become someone who does it.
Most people wait too long to go into action, out of fear. You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready. You make things a little more difficult for yourself, deliberately creating obstacles in your path. Your energy will always rise to the appropriate level. When you feel you must work harder to get to your goal because you are not quite prepared, you are more alert and innovative.
You can sit around and plan, waiting for the stars to align just right. But you won’t get any feedback until you start moving and looking. We all start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts and no experience. The difference is that some people choose to start anyway; these are the winners. While some preparation is necessary, be mindful of your actions. There is a fine line between preparation and procrastination. No matter where you are in the world and regardless of what you’re working on, start before you feel ready.