Most of the mistakes I’ve made in my life have come from acting impulsively.
I’ve always been this way.
When it comes to work, ideas and implementation, my brain is wired to simply dive in and do it. (whatever “it” is in the moment)
You learn a lot about the perils of passion, and the ignominious ideals that rarely turn out as well as you think.
You get your face muddy a lot with this approach to entrepreneurialism.
You make a lot of mistakes, mis-steps and muck a lot of stuff up.
But you also, albeit more occasionally than you’d like, get to experience exhilarating, wild and wonderful wins.
Wins born of your own 3am insomnia inspired ideas and aspirations.
And motivational mornings after that can’t arrive soon enough.
Most folks I meet have the opposite problem.
They wait to long.
They perpetually are on the fence.
Forever aiming, arming, thinking and re-thinking stuff they’ll never actually do.
A few years ago, I remember a close relative confiding in me that she desperately wanted to lose weight.
She had struggled with this issue for most of her life, and we spent an entire evening talking about what life would look like with this issue finally in her rear view mirror. We even made a deal – if she finally started that long overdue health and wellness protocol she’d been promising for years, I’d tackle a different challenge I had been putting off for years as well – that had persistently been pecking at the heels of my own happiness as well.
I can remember how excited she was – and how excited I was for her. I can also remember how she spent the next day searching for the ideal diet.
And taking copious notes on each one. And how she then created a separate color coded notebook for each one, and spent hours jotting down meal ideas for each plan and comparing and contrasting them against each other.
By the 4th or 5th day after our late night heart to heart deal – sealed with a heavy hug – I knew the planning, and writing, and researching and comparing and contrasting was an elaborate exercise in self deception – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
And while I would never say it – when she tells me today of new health challenges, new pains, new problems, new frustrations in her own family over fitness and failing bones and bodies – I can’t help but to think back and feel a sense of frustration with myself for not pushing harder.
The same is true with business. Because business is rarely about business.
It’s about passion and purpose and feeling empowered and alive and motivated to do something meaningful, magical and aspirational with our lives.
When people email me now – and ask for advice, often the best I can do is simply say – pick something.
And dive in and do it.
There is no better teacher than experience.
And no bigger regret than letting your life pass you by, while other people actually do something with ideas you thought of first.
What are you struggling with? What stories are you telling yourself about WHY you aren’t doing your “thing”?
If you are not doing work you love – sharing your unique gifts and feeling inspired everyday, i’d love to know why. Simply respond to this email and share your #1 challenge or the BIGGEST obstacle that is holding you back right now.
Everyone has a gift. Each of us has a sense of passion and purpose and something special we have to offer others.
Mine is that I love connecting with switched on, empowered and enlightened entrepreneurs who truly want to change the world through inspired ideas. It could be through writing a book, building an “authority site” or simply creating a powerful platform, product or program that helps others dance in the direction of their dreams.
Simply reply to this email (ianrhollander(AT)gmail.com for those reading this on my blog 🙂 with what you’d like to be doing everyday – and getting paid for it – and I’ll give you my best advice for making it happen, in a hurry.
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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I'm a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he's super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says " it's always NOW" when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You're making me nervous.