When I was younger, I’d meet business professionals and business owners and I’d ask myself, “I wonder when they figured it all out?” I found myself wanting to know what they knew. When did it click?
I paid very close attention to their success (or perceived success in my mind) and wondered exactly how they got where they were and if the path was repeatable. What did they do? Who did they know? What books did they read? How did they choose to spend their time?
Now looking back on my foolish and much younger self, I found the answer to the question.
When do you figure it all out?
The answers is never! You never have it truly figured out. Those that say they do are either completely satisfied with everything they’ve ever achieved, or they’re naive to the competition lurking in the weeds waiting to snatch up their precious market share because they’re still hungry.
The more I spend time with other high achievers, the more I learn about their quest to learn more and to deliver a better solution, no matter their craft. What also stood out to me is the overwhelming number of people who say they didn’t have all the answers when they began. They really didn’t have any answers, but they started and they learned.
Their lives are filled with the same fears and lack of understanding mine is, but they attack the fear. They take a chance and understand the worst that can happen is they start over. Following the likes of Grant Cardone and Tony Robbins has taught me many things. First off, they successfully attack opportunities with massive action.
Secondly, they successfully embrace the culture of continued learning and new challenges. They thrive in uncertainty and most are ok with failing as long as they learn something in the process.
Contrast this with the average or mediocre (I hope every time you hear these words your body shakes with disdain). Challenges cause the mediocre pain, fear, and drive the person to quit. They live in the comfortable middle where the only challenge that exists is figuring out what label to put on their boredom. These people have it figured out!
Are you trying to figure it out today for yourself?
Wonderful. My advice to you is to stop figuring and simply START. Start your path in a direction and see where it takes you, but 100% don’t be afraid of the ninth step when you haven’t taken the first.
ACTION ITEM: The more you start, the more comfortable you will be operating in the unknown and uncertain waters of achievement. Start. Start today and stop trying to figure it out!