Here’s the Thing…
Awhile back, I was discussing with a co-worker some things that I thought should be updated on the company’s website. It wasn’t anything drastic, just some adjustments that I felt would be more professional and would better reflect the company.
My co-worker objected with the reasoning that since we were not yet at the level where we needed a professional website, then there was no reason to create a professional website. Mind you, her goal was to be at the level, but right now “it’s too soon for that.”
I just need to get on my soapbox here for a minute.
You aren’t going to get where you want by doing nothing.
It sounds so silly to type out, because to me it is so obvious: if you want to achieve something and get somewhere, you have to take steps in the right direction.
Essentially, you have to fake it till you make it.
For me, my “fake it till you make it” goal is blogging. Real talk for a minute, I don’t have a lot of readers. I don’t have a lot of page views. I have about five subscribers (including myself).
However, the fact that I am not a full-time blogger making a full-time income does not stop me from treating my blog as such. After all, if I want to achieve that someday, shouldn’t I just start now?
Blogging is important to me and I don’t just want to slap some words down and publish just for the sake of doing so. I want to take time and cultivate my work, not for anyone else, but for me; because this is my passion. And someday I hope to share it with others.
I’m sure everyone has had that “it’s too soon” moment. Maybe it’s going for that job you don’t feel qualified for, or it’s starting that new project that you’re not sure will succeed, or beginning a workout plan that you aren’t sure is even going to work. But, you have to start somewhere.
If you wait until you feel “qualified” to do something, you will be waiting forever.
You Need Experience to Get Experience
You know when you are trying to get a job and you need 5 years of experience right out of college? Yeah, this is kind of the same thing.
Except, in this case, you can make your own experience!
For example, let’s take myself. If I want people to begin to recognize my blog as a place where they can find great content that they trust, then I need to start putting up that type of content now. Not when I have more page views. Not when I have more subscribers. Now.
It is never too soon to begin to strive for the results you want to see.
Continuing with using my blog as an example, how do I create a place where people feel they are benefiting from reading the content I publish?
Well, step one is that I have to work hard. I have to consistently post excellent content that people will find beneficial. I have to put in those hours before and after work. I have to write even when I don’t feel like it.
Next, I need to take positive and beneficial steps in the right direction. It should be noted that this doesn’t mean to blindly do things that sound like a good idea; they should ultimately point to your overall end result. Instead of trying to do a bunch of good things, try doing a few great things.
And finally, do not give up, and do not get discouraged. I don’t do it often, but sometimes I check my blog stats. It can be a little disheartening when a post I poured hours of my life into only gets 6 page views. However, if I let that statistic dictate the effort I put into my blog, then I will never have a successful blog. As I mentioned before, it is not about the numbers; it is about putting forth your best foot in the right direction of whatever you are trying to achieve.
This method can work for anyone who is trying to take that first step:
- Work hard. Always. Even when you don’t feel like it.
- A few great steps > a bunch of good steps
- Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Work hard for yourself. And one day, you will be able to share it with others.
It is never too soon, and it’s never too late, to begin building the life or aiming for that goal you have always imagined. Just remember, you have to start somewhere, or you won’t get anywhere.