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Monday, 26 March 2018 16:34
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“Trust me, a year from now, your future self will thank you for this.”

So said Marie Forleo when explaining why you have to start things before you’re ready. I only recently discovered this Italian-American Internet sensation, but her show, ‘Marie TV’, has been drawing massive hits for many years and her B School has helped women all over the world to get going. Hmm, girlfriend, the ‘B’ actually stands for ‘business’.

Marie said it all started when she held a hip-hop dance class at a gym. A producer from MTV was one of her students and she asked Marie to go to the MTV office to interview for a position on her show.

Marie had no professional experience. She never took dance classes as a child, but she loved to dance. When she was invited for the interview, her first thought was: “Nooooo! I’m not ready yet! Can’t this opportunity show up just a little bit later – when I finally figured out what the heck I was doing? When I was more prepared? When I felt more ready!”

To make a long story short – Marie landed the job and her immersion in that MTV environment forced her to gain skills and grow at least 20 times faster than she would have if trying to piece things together by herself.

That one decision to say yes to her dream – way before she was ready – transformed the entire course of her business and life. Marie said that over the years she has interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished people, and noticed a pattern in them too . . . Every single one has started before he or she felt ready.

As Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of, which has been described as the front page of the internet, stepped on stage to speak to a crowded hall at 99U’s Pop-Up School, a slide behind him read: “I have no idea what I’m doing and that’s awesome.”

One of the greatest myths is that entrepreneurs have it all figured out before they start. Here’s the thing: They didn’t. Here’s another thing: They still don’t.

By the way, the name 99U is a hat tip to Thomas Edison’s mantra: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Basically, 99U wants you to perspire. Creative types are at risk of getting lost in ideas, so 99U states: “We don’t want to give you more ideas – we want to empower you to make good on the ones you’ve got.”

One of the best ways to do that is to realise that “perfect is the enemy”. So says Kathryn Minshew of Kathryn makes the distinction between Perfect and Done. Whether talking about starting a company, writing a book or deciding when the time would be right to take a trip around the world or to have a baby – you’ll just shoot yourself in the foot if you wait for the perfect time.

In most circumstances, being prepared is highly overrated. Have you ever spent more time getting ready for something than you did doing the actual thing? Courtney Carver says that from blogging to exercising, changing careers or launching a new business, you can get lost in getting ready. True, some preparing is necessary, but there is a fine line between preparation and procrastination.

“Getting ready is comfortable, because no actual leap has taken place. Getting ready is fun, because there is no commitment in place. Getting ready is distracting, because you start to think that you don’t know what you are doing, so you need to spend more time getting ready,” Courtney says.

The bottom line is that you don’t know what you don’t know. “Until you actually get started, you won’t really know what you don’t know. The quickest way to learn is to experience.”

It reminds me of what Mark Twain wrote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

You already know what it is you’re yearning to explore. It sort of works like that John Lee Hooker song: “Mama, you gotta let that boy boogie-woogie, ‘cuz it’s in him, and it’s gotta come out!”

What’s your boogie-woogie, girlfriend? Surely you’re not going to die one day with it still locked up inside. Or are you?




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