Successful People Start Before They’re Ready

August 24, 2015

2:00 pm

Sometimes, one of the main reasons why a company will or won’t succeed comes down to an issue of timing – does the company fit in with what’s going on both in the industry and in the overall state of the economy and society? But sometimes, success can boil down to not waiting until the right time, and instead depends on the ability of the person to start their venture way before they think it’s time to do it. According to entrepreneur James Clear, most successful people have this one trait in common: they start before they feel they’re ready.

“You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough,” writes Clear. “You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start.”

According to Clear, if you’re working on something important or working on something you’re passionate about, you’ll probably feel like you’re never ready. There’s this internal struggle in which you navigate between excitement and confusion, and you never really know whether it’s the right time to launch into a full-out business or pursuit.

And Clear doesn’t just apply this theory to business, but to all aspects of one’s life. Whether your goal is to attain a healthier lifestyle or learn a new language, it’s important to recognize that there may never be a perfect time to get started or a time when you feel like you’re ready.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals…who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.”

You can read what else Clear says about timing in his blog post “Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready.”

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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