Stop waiting! If you have an idea or a desire to go into business then you need to get started right away! There is no more excuses to wait. I want to encourage you to chase your dreams and go get after whatever it is that you desire. There is no better time to start than right this moment. If you’re not interested in starting a business ever then stop reading. If you have an inkling then please read on.
I am frustrated when I hear others say to me “I wish I had the guts to do what you guys did” or “I’m not sure where to even start”. These are not getting you closer to your goal. You just need to stop procrastinating and tell the universe you are doing it then put the wheels into motion. Here is so much opportunity out there for anyone who desires to succeed to do so. We need to stop finding excuses to hold ourselves back from our dreams and instead to out and chase them. It’s easy to sit around and wait until tomorrow to chase our dreams, but then after tomorrow the pain of regret hurts a lot worse.
One of the biggest challenges of an entrepreneur is not money, ideas, teammates or marketing: it’s just getting started. Thinking back to when we were younger without all of the discrations of technology we just went out and made stuff happen. I remember in my youth one summer we had decided that we were going to build a fort out back of my house. We had no experience in this. We had no tools. We had no money or supplies. We were going to do it no matter what. We found some old nails in my garage, borrowed tools from our parents and contacted the builder in the neighborhood next door for old wood scraps. We went on and built a great fort out of wood. There were many times we did things like this when we were young. We didn’t have excuses holding us up from accomplishing what we set our minds out to do.
The best way to get something done is to begin” – Unknown
If we set our mind on making something happen it will usually happen. When we started Altra the number one concern was that we had no idea how to manufacture shoes or how we were going to do that. We found someone to help us with that and connect us to factories. We then had no idea where we were going to get funding for it. We found someone to connect us to a great funding source. All along the way we found reasons to give up and turn tail, but we continually pushed on and found ways to overcome those concerns.
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill
The biggest failure in business is procrastination. This is the plague that keeps good people from being great. It is the disease that keeps great ideas from coming to fruition. It is easier today than it has ever been to find funding, get great partners and establish your idea into a viable brand. The tools are there you can cease the opportunity, but only if you get started!