This blog post was a long time coming for me.
I’ve want to inspire people to start something everyday but I don’t want to do it in the “rah-rah!” cheesy way.
I want to get people to start something because they’re following actionable advice that I provide them. I want to share tangible and real stuff that people can take with them.
At the same time, I understand everyone’s situation is different and starting something can mean a lot of different things for different people.
So today I just wanted to talk about why you should start something now, even if it’s on the side, and then talk about 3 things that are really important when it comes to starting something that matters.
A lot of you might be on the fence. A lot of you might be wantrepreneurs. Some of you might be running a website, business or blog but aren’t seeing anything from it yet.
The important thing overall that I want to drive home in this blog post is start something, and for some of you that might mean start something on the side. I’m not saying you have to drop everything, I’m not saying you need to take out a mortgage. You don’t have to go all-in.
It isn’t always all or nothing. Start something and grow it slowly.
But more importantly, why start something? What should it be?
Ultimately, you’ll want to start something that matters. Here’s 3 things your something should do for you:
Create opportunity instead of just seeking opportunity.
If you want that dream job, why do you think you have to wait 5 to 10 years to get it? Why do you think you need X number of years experience or X amount of dollars? Do your dream job now. Create the thing that you truly want to be doing.
Creating something now will allow you to create opportunities for yourself. Don’t wait to find new opportunities, create them.
When I started my businesses years ago and this blog recently, many opportunities have opened up for me that wouldn’t have otherwise. This blog allowed Shopify to find me and eventually allow me the opportunity to work for an amazing company.
It is because I put myself out there that opportunities were created.
That’s why I always encourage people to put themselves out there. Put your real name and face on your website, proudly share your projects on your personal social media accounts, and do things that allow more people to find you.
Realize your passion instead of just seeking your passion.
One thing I notice a lot of people struggle with, especially young people, is figuring out what they truly enjoy doing or what they can picture themselves doing for the rest of their lives.
Ultimately, whatever the thing you decide to start today is, it should fulfill you. It should make you wake up early looking forward to the day, it should occupy all your time at night, it should give you something to look forward to and it should fulfill you.
Starting something helps you realize your passion.
How do you truly know what you’re passionate about unless you do things? It’s no use constantly being in limbo trying to figure out what you’re passionate out.
When I graduated college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of the life. I didn’t think I had any hobbies or interests that I could make a living from.
A lot of young people think this way. We’re living in an age where you can make money sitting in front of a computer playing video games. We’re living in an age where you can make money traveling the world and writing about it.
Don’t tell me you can’t somehow figure out a way to monetize your interests.
Plus, that is the last thing you should be thinking about. I’d much rather you started something now because it truly interests and fulfills you than starting something purely because you think it will be lucrative.
I’ve talked about it a hundred times before. Starting something purely because you think it will make you money is a misstep. You will lose interest and it will fizzle out.
Why do you want to make money? I’m assuming you want money because you think it will make you happy.
Why not just cut straight to happiness and do the thing that makes you happy? Money is really just a means to an end when you think about it. Do the things you love and the money will follow.
Do the things that make you feel uncomfortable.
I know it’s so cliche to say, but step outside your comfort zone. Constantly challenge yourself whenever a unique opportunity presents itself that makes you nervous or unsure of yourself.
I never thought in a million years I would be making videos on YouTube. In high school, I was very introverted and self-conscious. My biggest fear when starting a YouTube channel was giving people the opportunity to ridicule me or be crass. And you know what? Not such a big deal. Even the few that are, I just shrug it off. It’s made me better at dealing with similar things in other areas of my life.
Thanks to the courage I managed to scrounge up to start a YouTube channel, I’m a much more confident speaker and my blog has grown because of it.
When I started my YouTube channel, I had no experience sitting in front of a recording camera talking about something I was passionate about for 10 minutes. I wasn’t sure how my videos would turn out or if I was even ready yet.
That’s why I recorded a few videos, watched them and never uploaded them. I took baby steps until I mustered up the courage to upload my first video.
Do the things that enable you to build courage.
For you, it might not be starting a YouTube channel. Leaving your comfort zone might be starting a blog with your name and face on it. Leaving your comfort zone might be performing on stage. Leaving your comfort zone might simply be taking on some risk by quitting your job to pursue something greater.
Whatever it is, I challenge you to think about and do the things that make you feel uncomfortable.
Start something now. Start something that matters. Start something that will fulfill you and make you happy.
If you’ve been on the fence about a project, idea, business or website, now is the time to take action to make it a reality. Even small baby steps. You just need momentum and a little bit of confidence.