If you're an entrepreneur, creative, small-biz owner, or would like to pursue something, but not sure how to begin, this is for you.
One of my favorite things to do is meet with other entrepreneurs and listen to what they're passionate about, or dream of doing. I hear all these amazing ideas, and plans, but they're always followed with the phrase "I can't until". They are literally stopping themselves from starting. (I'm guilty of it)
We live in a time where it's easier than ever to peer into someone else's life through the lens of social media. Constant online access has made it so easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing.
It's especially difficult when we constantly see people we look up to doing things we wish we were doing. Immediately, we begin to create a perception of how they obtained their success. We have the belief that the only reason they're a successful photographer is they have the latest and greatest camera. Or you may believe that the podcast you listen to during your morning commute is only doing well because they have some fancy mic setup on their desk. Sure that high production value tech review on YouTube uses fancy cameras and lighting setups, but what you fail to realize is they more than likely never started with any of that.
We stop ourselves from starting with lame-ass excuses. I get it. Starting is the hardest part, and by finding an excuse to not start you'll feel better right? I guarantee you'll feel worse if you never start, and you're left with the regret, and curiosity of what could have been.
So, whatever it is you want to do, just start...today. You're the only thing holding yourself back, and you most likely have the tools you need to at least begin.
If you're a photographer you're going to love this; I shot my first ever wedding on a Canon point and shoot! Yep, a fucking point and shoot camera. No fancy $2000 body or $1500 lens. A $550 point and shoot camera that I rocked, and captured images that made the couple happy for years.
By starting with that point and shoot camera, and shooting that wedding the best I could, it led to more referrals, and ultimately more income to upgrade my equipment over time.
The lack of equipment that most photographers typically had to shoot with didn't stop me from starting, and it doesn't have to stop you from doing whatever it is you desire to do.
Please stop making excuses for yourself. You most likely already have the tools you need to at least take a small step forward and start. You owe it to yourself AND the world to begin your journey and show us all what you have to offer. We live in an exciting time, and the bullshit list of excuses we make for ourselves gets longer as technology and accesability become
If you're stuck and not sure how to start; here are a few ideas, resources, and tools you can use to launch yourself forward.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
You don't need to have the fancy microphones and editing equipment to get your voice out there. Most of today's phones have excellent quality microphones built it. In addition, there are apps like Anchor, that allow you to record your message, add some sweet background music to your recording, and publish it the entire network. Individuals who listen to your recording can even "call-in", to ask you questions, and you can respond!
Again, our phones are powerful, and able to record video in 4K and 1080 resolutions, with amazing stabilization, and decent sound. If you want to create videos for your brand it has never been easier. There are even free video editing apps that you can download to either your phone or laptop to cut, adjust color, add additional audio, etc. The capabilities are mind-blowing. You have the abilities to start right NOW.
I'll use my personal experience with this one. For the last few months, I knew I wanted to start a new blog; this blog. However, I never started writing because I hadn't designed one yet. I was so focused on creating the most beautiful blog site because I thought that's what I needed to attract an audience to read what I had to say. However, I knew what I was worried about didn't matter. What really mattered was the content I created and wrote about. So, I decided to re-activate my Squarespace account, grab a FREE template, and start writing. I don't think I took more than an hour to design my blog and how it looks now. I knew I could come back and make adjustments to it, and add more information later on, but I just needed to start writing and get my message out there.
If you're passionate about something, it has never been easier to find people who are also passionate about the same things as yourself. Sites like Facebook, Meetup, and Twitter, have granted us access to communities that allow us to join and meet new people. If you'd like to make new contacts/friends with similar interests, you no longer have an excuse why you can't.