So I can’t remember what led me to Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog post, but I am thankful I read it.
This isn’t the start of my entrepreneur journey but it’s the start of me documenting it.
And if you’re thinking so what about it?
This is what about it. It’s a major turning point for me. And I hope it will be for you, especially if you’re facing similar challenges as me as an entrepreneur — seeing success.
Because he’s damn right when he said,
“But what they don’t realize is that their hunger to make the perfect piece of content is what’s actually crippling them.”
I love writing and creating content.
So, admitting I am a perfectionist when it comes to creating a perfect piece of content is one thing, but admitting that I’ve been tripping myself over and holding myself back, that’s hard to take.
But it’s sure as hell the truth. At least for me.
Because he hit the nail on its head about trying to position yourself as an authority. Not only is that especially hard when you’re (by you’re, I mean me) just getting started. And here I am questioning whether I should even be doing this at all, because who am I bullshitting with my self-inflated credibility. So, why the hell would anyone want to listen to what I am telling them?
I’ll take his advice and just be myself and share my process.
Now that sounds so much more doable with sharing my discoveries, insights and journey rather than having to sweat over what kind of content I have to create to draw in readers and blah blah.
In fact, I am doing it right now.
And I believe, the first step to seeing even a glimpse of success is showing up. In other words, doing it.
Here’s where Gary hits it home,
“Starting is the most important part and the biggest hurdle that most people are facing. They’re pondering and strategizing instead of making. They’re debating what’s going to happen when they haven’t even looked at what’s in front of them.”
The word is MAKING.
You’ve heard of this phrase “paralysis by analysis”, and my friend, I suffer from this so much that I actually think that I am doing something with all the strategising and planning and what not, but truth is — and it hurts — I have nothing to show.
You know, although I started out on my own in 2014, I’ve never made it past the starting line because every single time I tell myself, “Ok let’s do this”, I trip myself over with, “Ok wait, I need to make sure everything is good to go first.”
After reading this post, it’s a huge wake-up call. And I really want to thank Gary Vaynerchuk for having written that blog post.
Because I realised I am like a person preparing for the actual Olympics race. The difference is, I am always warming up. And while preparations and getting ready is important, but staying in the warm-up phase forever sure isn’t gonna win me a gold medal. Hell, it’s not even gonna give me that experience of a real race.
I’m gonna start putting myself out there because I am done with warming up.
If I can do it, so can you. Think this sounds cheesy? I wrote this on my iPhone notes in at most 20-30 minutes while waiting for a friend.
So if you’re reading this and it speaks to you, do yourself a huge favor. In fact, two.
Go read Gary’s blog post here.
And then start documenting.