The Perfect Moment.
It’s that moment we all hope will come one day, but never will.
There is no perfect fucking moment.
Too many of us miss out on the best opportunities right in front of us, because of this “perfection” mindset.
“I need more information before making a decision…”
“Maybe there’s someone better out there…”
“I just don’t feel 100% ready. I’ll do it next year…”
And even then, some of us still have the audacity to complain about how “we’re not where we want to be in our lives…”
It has to stop.
Waiting for the perfect moment is like waiting for the white knight to magically swoop you up from your troubles. Or to paraphrase Warren Buffet, it’s like “saving up sex for your old age.”
It’s time we face up to the truth. The sooner we realize that there’s no such thing as the perfect moment, the sooner we make things happen.
It’s time we stop waiting for the perfect fucking moment, and start creating our own path.
Modeling the Greats
Everything that we want to achieve, someone else has already figured it out. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
Want to start your own business?
Model the path of Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Elon Musk.
Want to help and impact millions of people?
Model the path of Oprah, Nelson Mandela, or Tony Robbins.
“My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.” — Elon Musk
While each of them had different paths of getting to where they are, nearly every single one of them started their journey in the most unfavorable conditions. In fact, most of them had no idea what they were doing.
There were thousands, if not tens of thousands of people, with the same talent, resources, and opportunity that these leaders had. But what set them apart was that they didn’t wait for the perfect moment. They just started.
According to the U.S census date, 57 percent of the Fortune 500 firms in 2009 got their start during the previous recessions or bear markets.
“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful”― Warren Buffett
Throughout your life, there will be several moments when your back will be against the wall. And it’s these moments of hardship that can turn into your biggest triumph, it’s only a matter of how you perceive it.
Start before you’re ready
No plan can survive the light of day, no matter how prepared you feel.
The truth is, you’ll never be 100% ready. Everyone feels the same fear as you do. The real question is, how will you deal with the fear?
When I dropped out of university to start my own business, my family asked me what the hell I’m doing, and my friends kept telling me how scary it must feel.
To be honest, I felt both.
I had no idea what the hell I was getting myself into, and I had my doubts.
But instead of wondering whether or not I made the right decision, I hustled to pay my next monthly rent. When you’re in the trenches, you don’t have time to stay in a state of fear. Instead, you face the truth, and deal with it.
You start focusing on what’s next, not what already happened.
All of us have aspirations to achieve something great in our lives.
The gap between where you are today and where you want to be starts with a decision. It’s the decision to start, even if you’re not 100% ready.
It won’t be easy initially, but don’t get discouraged. Being comfortable with the uncomfortable will grow with time. I continue to struggle with it everyday, as do many others. But you need to get started today.
The world is already full of broken dreams that have yet to be met.
But the people who start before they’re ready are the ones that change the world.
As Zig Ziglar famously said, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Stop waiting for the perfect fucking moment, and start facing up to the truth.