My good friend Helen recently read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Helen has been a high school teacher since we graduated Vanderbilt together and all of sudden, the gears in her brain are on overdrive to figure out the next brilliant 4-Hour Workweek idea that will allow her to quit her job and spend her time traveling the world.
I’m on board with her—if I had a inspired idea that would allow me to work 4 hours a week and make a ton of money so I could spend the rest of my time doing what I wanted (not sure what that would be right now), then I would have already implemented it, packaged it and sold it. Unfortunately, no such ideas have seeped into my consciousness.
What happens when you don’t have that exceptional, brilliant, and winning idea?
Well, you get started anyway. You will never climb to the summit of a mountain if you don’t take the first step. Each small step that you take will get you farther up the slope. And the higher up you ascend, the more you can see. If you just sit at base camp, you will never see the idea that’s visible from half way up the slope.
In other words, start your next business idea right now. No matter what’s going on in your life, it’s better to start it now, grow it slowly, and expand on it when you get more ideas that never starting it at all.
For example, when I quit my mechanical engineering job, I didn’t know I wanted to be a health coach. Instead, I wanted to be a clothing boutique owner, so I started that business. When I shut my store down, I moved onto the next idea and then eventually got into health coaching. Then, my ventures in retail and health coaching lead me to want to start this blog. I could never have made the leap from mechanical engineering to being a health coach or to starting a blog. That would have been like jumping from step 1 to step 20 for me. Instead, I had to take the first step that was in front of me. And that step leads to the next which leads to the next. But if you don’t start walking, you never get anywhere.
If you have an idea that’s been in the back of your mind for a while now, it’s time to take the first step. That idea might not turn out to be the one that allows you to make lots of money and quit your job, but I GUARANTEE YOU it will lead you higher up the mountain to an idea that will.
Start walking, my friend.