All the books in the world will not teach you how to ride a bicycle.
You have to get on it and start trying to ride it…and soon enough you will ride it.
I am a big proponent of reading books, being mentored, listening to good speakers, and attending trainings. These are great resources to help us become better at what we are doing…but the most important thing is the DOING. All the books and training in the world won’t matter if you are not doing the work.
If you are doing the work, then these resources serve as tools to sharpen your skills and increase your ability to do the work.
When I started my business years ago, I had no mentor. I had no one to do a personal training with me. I had no one to sit with me and coach my actions. I had no one to shadow who would show me the ropes. Here I was a shy, introverted young man with low self-confidence, no money, and no presenting skills or phone skills.
Yet to build my business, I needed to make phone calls and present my offer. So what could I do? I just started to do it. Yes, it was a little scary. Yes, I made lots of mistakes. But I just repeated the steps (The Process…exactly what is in my book that will help you a great deal in your DOING), over and over and over. And I got better. I had success due to the law of numbers…if you talk to enough people you can’t help but find people who are interested…and then I had compounded success when the skills I was developing were applied to the law of numbers.
Don’t sit around getting ready to start. Start…and then you’ll be ready.
“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has geius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”-W. H. Murray