Stop Waiting for an Original Idea

Time to Stop Waiting for a Stamp of ApprovalDo you believe you have to have an original idea to start a lifestyle business?

Or worse, do you think you have to be something you aren’t in order to take action?

Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you don’t need either of those to create a business that supports your lifestyle.

What I do here at Wake Up Cloud isn’t amazingly original, but I am passionate, and I inject my myself into what I do.

I tell my story and I share my experiences.

A few years ago, I let the belief of an original idea hold me back.

I looked at successful entrepreneurs. They were smart, wise, and connected, while I wasn’t.

Or at least that’s what I thought.

So I did nothing for years, until I snapped

I had excuses that kept me from starting.

When I thought I wouldn’t have anything to offer, I was afraid that people wouldn’t like what I did.

When I looked at successful entrepreneurs in the niche I wanted to jump into, I saw only failure and impossibility.

These excuses seemed like facts instead of figments of my imagination.

They held me back until I realized I didn’t have to be perfect, or the best.

I only had to enjoy what I did, because from that enjoyment would come dedication, and from dedication, expertise.

Reaching the tipping point

One day I woke up and thought, “enough is enough. It’s time to start.”

I didn’t care whether or not I was original, or if I was going to succeed.

I knew that if I didn’t start now, I’d simply live another day in regret, and that wasn’t an option.

I had my doubts, fears, and worries, like anyone else.

I didn’t know what I was passionate about, but I did know what I was interested in.

I’d been stuck in my head for so long that I’d finally had enough.

It was time to take the first step

I focused on taking one step at a time.

I learned what I needed to learn as I went along, and it brought me here, to your computer screen on this fine day.

As I’ve taken one step at a time for over the last five years, I’ve realized that one of the keys to success is action.

Everyone has ideas and dreams, but very few do anything about it.

You don’t have to find the perfect niche, an original idea, or create a groundbreaking product.

Yes, it helps, but it rarely happens right away.

So, you have to ask yourself one important question.

What’s holding you back?

Are you looking for something to be other than what it is?

Maybe you think you’ll start when you have enough information, or enough time to build a lifestyle business, but it doesn’t work like that.

You don’t need anything other than what you’ve got.

When you take action, you learn, you grow, and you make progress.

You can spend years trapped in the search for an original idea, but it won’t get you anywhere.

The only thing that will make a difference is to take that first step, just like I did when I started.

It took me years to realize what needed to be done.

I can only hope that it doesn’t take as long for you.

Summary

I once thought I needed something I didn’t have to do what I wanted.

Now I don’t.

Now I just go ahead and do it, without the pesky middlemen.

I still have excuses and fears pop up when I expand and learn, but I keep taking action.

I keep moving forward one step at a time.

And if you want to start your own lifestyle business, you’ll have to do the same.

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Comments

  1. Ireti-Paul Durotimi says:

    I like this phrase “When you take action, you learn, you grow, and you make progress”. That statement is the core of faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase before you make a move, just take the first step and gradually you’ll get to the zenith.

    Looking for a brand new idea will only keep you longer than you expect. You don’t need to always reinvent the wheels, pick up and build from where someone else has stopped. No action, No result. Take one step at a time and you’ll record success on a daily basis. Celebrate those little wins you see, for their lies the encouragement to proceed to higher ground.

    Just START. How? Anyhow

    Thanks henri.

  2. Thanks Henri and Mr Durotimi!

    I needed to “hear” that (or read it, actually). I’ve sort of started something – and everyday and every time I sit to start a new blog post, I freeze and think – mannnnn there are so many bloggers out there who are so much better than me, blah blah blah….maybe I should wait til’ I come up with a better idea, better product better this better that….

    Anyway, I’ll keep on keeping on!

    • The real key is to not try to come up with the best idea, best product, or even write the best blog post.

      Simply focus on creating a lot, because it is through creating that great ideas naturally spring forth.

      Keep on rocking, Shenna!

  3. No one ever changed the world by waiting.

  4. Scott Vong says:

    I’m with Ireti-Paul Durotimi. “When you take action, you learn, you grow, and you make progress.”. That’s my favorite line. It sounds so inspiring. That’s going to be the “quote of the day” for my next Toastmaster’s Club meeting. I’ll be sure to give you credit.

    This was another inspiring line: “I still have excuses and fears pop up when I expand and learn, but I keep taking action. I keep moving forward one step at a time.” We aren’t perfect. But as long we keep taking action, we get results.

    Thanks for the article Henri!

  5. Peter Hamilton says:

    Hi Henri

    This is an excellent post. I have read it several times and realized I really need to pull my finger out and stop kidding myself that I know what I am doing. I don’t. I’m sick of going around in circles trying to make sense of all the information I have gathered over the years.

    So I have decided to do something NOW about this situation and joined your workshop as soon as your email arrived in my inbox. Yes I have been waiting for it (quite impatiently I might add). Thanks for this opportunity Henri and I will be grabbing it with both hands.

    Thanks for another great post. This really motivated me to wake up and get up.

  6. Lau'ren'tay says:

    This is very good inspirational posts for me, you nailed a lot of things that I use to think a lot about in the pasts.

    Now I’ve just been building fire to start the momentum instead of waiting for the “perfect moment, or idea” & absorbing as much I can to help me, whether it gives me success, or failures…either way i’m winning from my perspective haha.

    Main things is i’m taking action in doing what most important to me.

    Anyway thank you for the insightful post Henri (:

  7. so true, often the obstacle in the way is ourself..

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