Feeling like you need the exact right equipment before you can start is a form of procrastination. Feeling like you need to be better before you can start is a form of procrastination. Feeling like you can’t start until you read this one perfect book that will change your life is a form of procrastination.
The only way to get better at something is to practice. The only way to practice is to start. You’ll probably have to start much smaller than you would like. It probably won’t be as good as you would like. It will take a long time, and a lot of practice, before your work feels like it’s “up to snuff”.
But unless you start, you won’t get better. As Ramit Sethi talks about in this episode: “I left up my first YouTube video to show you that that’s how it starts. I practiced a lot from then until now. The best way to get better is to start doing.”
As Ira Glass says: “It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.”
What little tiny way could you start right now. What could you do today? With the equipment you have, with the skills you have, with the knowledge you have? Chances are, you could do a lot more than you think.
This week I was thinking: maybe I should start a YouTube channel and create videos for my business! But what camera would I need? Do I need a mic? Where would I film? So I pushed it off into the uncertain future, to a time when I would miraculously have all the skills I need to get started.
And then I realized: I have a camera that records video. It’s not perfect, but it does it. And I have a mic. And I could probably set up a cute-ish background in my office. And I could probably start tomorrow.
The time is now, y’all. Just start.