I was at a birthday party yesterday afternoon and ran into a cousin who I haven’t spoken with in a while (well, my wife’s cousin actually). This guy has been starting and selling business since he was a teenager. He became a millionaire at age 18 and has repeated his success for several other companies since then.
Anyway, we were talking about some of my current projects (like this blog) and I actually mentioned some others that I have planned in the next few months. He asked why I was waiting so I reminded him how busy my life is right now. Well, he used the old “it’s never a good time” line on me…one that I use on my students at Penn State University.
It took me about a nanosecond to realize that he was right. I preach it all the time. There will always be something that seems like a legitimate excuse not to do something. Whether it’s a job, kids, lack of money, lack of security, saving for a house, paying off bills, a wedding coming up — you know, life just happens. But never let these things stop you from starting something up, which is half the battle (I know, so cliche).
In fact, think about your busiest days and how much you’re able to accomplish. I’m sure you surprised yourself! Now think about an off-day and how little you actually got done. That happens all the time doesn’t it? Seems like we can be extremely productive on days when we have so much to do that we don’t even have time to think. I mean, how many times have you thought to yourself “I just did all these things today and my buddy sat at home and did nothing.”
Don’t be that someone who didn’t accomplish anything all day.
A new task? Bring it on!
Learning something new? Bring it on!
Another project? Bring it on!
I will actually be reaching out to one of my contractors today to begin development work on one of the big projects that’s been on my mind for a few weeks now. What are you going to do?