“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find, the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson
Or to slightly change the age old belief, “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I (want to, or do) work the more I have of it”.
This was my mind-set when, at the beginning of December, I initially set myself the goal of making sure I attend as many events as possible — in order to connect with others, and find possible clients for my start-up (Synthe). So, it wasn’t (much of) a surprise when (literally out of nowhere) I was informed a few hours later of the Generation Success event happening on the following day (December 2nd).
You can probably guess what I did next…
Unexpectedly, due to other speakers being unable to attend on the day, the final session of the year was delivered by the founder of Generation Success, James Adeleke. After everything was done, two main takeaways which I got from listening to James’ story and the answers he gave in response to audience questions:
There will never be a perfect time to start, so do it now!
I’m sure we’ve all had an idea which we’ve put off for some reason or the other, like…
“I’ll wait until next year”
“I just need my workload to lighten up a bit before I start”
“I have no money to start”
“I don’t feel up to it today, so I’ll get onto it tomorrow”
“It’s just not the right time”
The thing is, there will never be the “right time”. So, if you keep holding it off — whether it’s the amazing idea, a new fitness regime, or whatever else — with the expectation that there will be a time when everything falls perfectly into your lap, you will end up waiting a very long time. Until you reach a point where you won’t be able to act on your idea/make a change to your life.
This brings me onto my second takeaway:
Don’t fear change… Embrace it
“OK, so I want to make the jump now, but I can’t seem to take the first step…”
Another thing which also prevents people from acting on their ideas or making that necessary change to their life is, FEAR.
● Fear of failure
● Fear of shame/embarrassment
● Fear of being outside comfort zone
As Seth Godin says in The Icarus Deception, “outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens” — or something to that effect. The point is, you probably won’t accomplish anything great by staying within these invisible parameters either you or society (or usually a combination of the two) has set up.
So, whatever it is you want to do… please, just do it!
Also, one additional takeaway, which wasn’t something said but instead done, is learn to be a good listener and really care about others — as even after the session officially ended, James spent an additional hour or so listening to and answering the questions of all attendees who stayed behind to ask them.
To sum up the whole experience… basically, I’ll be at every Generation Success event I can make it to for 2015 and beyond. Hopefully, I’ll see you there, too?
By Wilson Oryema