“People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.” -J. Michael Straczynski
1. I don’t have enough time
Robert M. Pirsig author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, stated that the book took him four years to write. During two of these years, Pirsig continued working at his job of writing computer manuals. This caused him to fall into an unorthodox schedule, waking up very early and writing Zen from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m., then eating and going to his day job. He would sleep during his lunch break and then go to bed around 6 in the evening. Pirsig joked that his co-workers noticed that he was “a lot less perky” than everyone else.
2. I don’t have any money
Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Until recently, financing a business, project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money. Crowdfunding switches this idea around, using the internet to talk to thousands – if not millions – of potential funders. Typically, those seeking funds will set up a profile of their project on a website like Kickstarter. They can then use social media, alongside traditional networks of friends, family and work acquaintances, to raise money.
3. I don’t have any ideas
The way to get ideas is not to try to think of ideas. It’s to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
The very best ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing. Many of the great companies all began this way.
4. I don’t have enough education
The popular belief that university education is important for gaining success is wrong. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell and Gabe Newell five of the richest tech billionaires have dropped out of university and they still managed to gain success without a degree.
5. I’m afraid of failure
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
It’s a Problem When It’s a Problem, don’t waste time on problems you don’t have yet. Make decisions just in time, when you have access to the real information you need. In the meanwhile, you’ll be able to lavish attention on the things that require immediate care.