Have you ever wondered how some people are able to achieve massive amounts of success in their field of endeavor, while others work just as hard but achieve very little?
Most successful people I know have a low tolerance for excessive planning and talking about it. They are impatient to get going. They want to get started. They want the games to begin.
A good example of this is one my good friend Shikhar. When he graduated with me, I started to look for a good job; but he didn’t waste a single day and started an agency to supply newspapers and magazines. I spent the entire week writing and rewriting my résumé. By the end of the second day, my friend had converted one of his rooms at home, into an office and started contacting people for subscribing newspapers with him. He hired two hawkers and third day his business was moving. I was still rewriting my resume. Shikhar just got into action. He had an idea and he implemented it. By the time I got a job, Shikhar already had a shop in main market and expanded his business to books and stationery supply. Thereafter he never looked back and within a couple of years, he was a established as a successful businessman with good amount profit making every month…..I was still in a job, waiting for my salary every month to run my household.
Years after, I realised that planning has its place, but it must be kept in perspective. Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the perfect time to do something.
There’s rarely a “perfect” time to do anything. What is important is to just get started. Get into the game. Get on the playing Field. Once you do, you will start to get feedback that will help you make the corrections you need to make to be successful. Once you are in action, you will start learning at a much more rapid rate.
READY, FIRE, AIM!
Most people are familiar with the phrase “Ready, aim, fire!” The problem is that too many people spend their whole life aiming and never flring. They are always getting ready, getting it perfect. The quickest way to hit a target is to fire, see where the bullet landed, and then adjust your aim accordingly. If the hit was 2 inches above the target, lower your aim a little. Fire again. See where it is now. Keep firing and keep readjusting. Soon you are hitting the bull’s-eye. The same is true for anything.