It was more than a year ago that I first came up with the idea of creating this blog. In fact, there are probably countless times that I’ve told my friend Jaan about this idea over Skype.
However, every single time I’ve thought about taking the leap, I’ve made excuses and lots of them.
- My writing sucks
- No one will take me seriously
- I can’t handle it with all my other projects
- People I know might read it and judge me
And a billion other, incredibly irrelevant and silly thoughts that stopped me from actually doing anything about it.
I was scared.
Pat Flynn has an awesome saying that I think really applies to situations like this:
“The things we’re most afraid of, are the things we should be doing the most”
Perfection is irrelevant
When you get started at blogging, you’re obviously not going to be as good at it as all of your favorite people like Seth Godin.
That’s no reason to put things off, like I used to do. In fact, I still do it with many, many things I know I should be doing.
How the hell do you plan on being a good writer/blogger/rapper/copywriter/singer/dancer/poker player, if you don’t practice? Where will your 10,000 hours be coming from?
You can’t expect to wake up one day and then suddenly be good enough to start your blog, if you’ve never even sat down to TRY and write an article.
My writing still sucks, but I don’t care. I can feel the progress. I can see it with the increasing number of readers, especially those who come back nearly daily.
There’s a first for everything
Imagine if George Washington had never ran for president, because he had never been one before?
Steve Jobs had never tried creating the Mac, because it hadn’t been done before?
That one fella never thought about slicing bread and selling it that way?
None of these three events/creations were perfect when they started, but that’s OKAY.
The “Apple Lisa” and “Apple I” probably sucked real bad in terms of what we have today, but if it weren’t for those two.. I probably wouldn’t be writing this on my fancy Asus Ultrabook.
Practice really does make perfect
I’m kind of repeating myself here, but I think this is really really important.
Things will not just happen to you. No one will come knocking on your door offering a book deal, if you haven’t done anything to make that happen.
The perfect girl will not come into your life, while you’re sitting at home playing video games.
That’s just the way things are, you have to go out (or in) and DO STUFF.
Write that damn article you’ve been thinking about, start that blog you’ve been planning, create that niche site you’ve always wanted, record your new song, or go to the gym and claim your six pack.
And leave a comment, I know you want to! 🙂
(Fun fact: I originally intended to call this blog “Imperfect Marketing”)