Thursday, October 23, 2008

Living life and pondering

Sometimes, life moves too quickly, and you can't sit back and consider some of the options you have before you. Other times, reflection is mandatory, even if there is no time. A friend recently posted a great short snippet of thought that made me once again realize this fact: doing stuff takes doing. While the ready, fire, aim approach can sometimes lead to mistakes and having to smooth some ruffled feathers, getting something out there - out of your mind, out of the realm of maybe - is the only way to see it for yourself and show it to those you care about. If you don't write that story, it will never be read by others. If you never send it to a publication, it will never published. If you don't play that inner song, it will soon go away and be forever unheard.

Years ago, I read a post (in an AOL forum, of all places!) about three friends having a meal together. One was a successful self-employed business consultant. The second (the author of the post) was newly self-employed, struggling, but getting there as a computer consultant. The third was unhappy in his corporate job, wanted to be independent, but kept bringing up countless obstacles that prevented him going out on his on. Finally, the first diner said, "Tell you what. If you agree to follow my directions and to stop complaining about the problems, I will give you the secret to success as a self-employed person." The other two gaped in disbelief, but the complainer said, "Sure." The first removed a business card from his wallet, wrote something on the back of it, and handed it across. While the complainer was reading, the author said, "Wait a minute! You never offered me the secret to success!" The first man smiled, and motioned for the card to be passed to the author. Written in bold strokes was this - "Just Do It." (This was in the 90's - well before Nike appropriated that slogan as a service mark for selling their footwear.) "There will always be problems, roadblocks, excuses, and drawbacks to any business venture. You'll never get past any of them unless you decide to stop analysing, take the plunge and actually do what you're considering."

So, as of now, I'm going to start doing more, rather than just thinking about doing. Like Manton and his trees, results may be slow, but think how long it would take to get results if I never start! I will fail some, but will ultimately succeed more than if I never tried, right?


Anonymous said...

Hey Smythe, glad you liked the post. And great story, thanks for sharing it.

Good luck.

Unknown said...

The first thing we do is always good.

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