Most of the posts I write will be about looking before you leap, especially if you’re looking at taking your business/hobby/passion to the next level.
In order to know where you’re going, to first need to be looking in that direction.
In order to make adjustments for sudden changes, you need to know what all your variables are.
All of these things are true, and making plannings and preparing specifics will always have their place.
But sometimes, you just need to jump out of that airplane.
Have a parachute with you, sure. Extra savings, a strong support system, someone on the ground with a giant mattress. These are all good things.
But take the risk.
The result could end up being a smelly heap of garbage (hopefully with no actual broken bones), but it will always be worth it. As a wise man frequently reminds me: there is no such thing as a good or bad experience—there is only experience.
It’s possible the risk you take will send you flying straight to your goal, or into the notice of people who can propel you where you want to next. You can make new friends, have a few laughs, rake in the cash.
Or everything could crash and burn, but you learn some incredibly important lessons along the way.
To fail, to miss your goal, is necessary in business as in life. Success feels really great, but it doesn’t teach you nearly as much as making mistakes (as long as you’re willing to pay attention to what the mistake actually was), and the best way to make mistakes is to take the risk.
Is there a course you’ve been on the fence about taking because it’s a bit on the pricey side (within reason; please don’t bankrupt yourself)? Have you been hesitating about showing your latest work in process to anyone because you don’t feel it’s ready yet? Do you know someone who could possibly help you move to your next goal, but you’re too nervous to make the first move in speaking with them?
Embrace the pounding heart, the clammy palms, the uncertainty.
You’ll never know what gold you’re going to find on the other side unless you do.