Start Something

There are plenty of reasons why you might fail:

  • The idea isn’t good enough…
  • The brief is unclear…
  • You spent too much money…
  • Or not enough…
  • You may launch too early…
  • Or leave it too late…
  • You target the wrong people…
  • You could be too niche…
  • Or too broad…
  • You might not be good enough (yet!)…
  • Or experienced enough…
  • Or lucky enough.

But there is one sure-fire way to guarantee failure:

  • You never started.

The first step is always the hardest because you have it all to do, but once you make a start, you have something to build on. The momentum makes each new step that little bit easier.

Of course there will be hard times, and unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee success, but with every step in the right direction, you have the experience of all your previous steps to learn from and improve on.

As the saying goes ‘the things you regret most in life are the risks you didn’t take’. If you don’t try anything then technically you will also never fail, but what kind of life would that be? When all is said and done, you will feel more fulfilled having given it your best shot. So, what’s in the way of you starting something?

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4 thoughts on “Start Something”

  1. Great to see you back, James! And great post. These are truly words of wisdom and I think we’ve all been caught in that mental pattern of ‘the thought of failure is too scary, so I just won’t start’. Only I think sometimes we rationalise it as ‘I’m too busy/tired/(insert excuse here) for that right now’. For me, personally, up until quite recently I’ve always found a way to make sure it wasn’t the right time to start following my dreams. I’m tired of that and have decided to do so anyway, wherether it’s the ‘right’ time or not. Here’s to starting something!


    1. Thanks Lisa 🙂 It’s so easy to talk ourselves out of doing the things we want to do. If you do finally end up taking the plunge you realise it wasn’t so scary after all, and think damn, I wish I’d just done it in the first place. 2019 is the year to make it happen!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. You are so correct, you can’t get anything accomplished unless you can get started. Early in my career I was so focused on planning out every project, goal, or idea and often never got started. I wanted to get in all the details before beginning anything. Once I learned to follow “progress before perfection”, I was able to get a lot more accomplished.

    Richard Yadon |


    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Richard – you’re exactly right about ‘progress before perfection’. While it’s vital to plan for any project, over-planning can be just as bad as not planning at all. Very little is certain in the world, but still, we try and attach certainty where it is just not possible


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