Do it now, before it’s late, because “now” is all you have, and “later” is not guaranteed


 

 

Ten years ago, if you would've told me that I would be a cofounder of a company producing a nifty product, I would have laughed at you a lot, you ridiculous person. My plan was to have a job, watch Seinfeld reruns, throw a frisbee every sunny day, and doodle on napkins now and again.

That's not what happened: A few of us had an idea to change one thing about the way we work, then we did something about it. That's how Wipebook was born. And we didn't wait for the right time to think and do the work. The cycle was: idea, work, reiterate, work, fail, idea, work, succeed, work again, more ideas, more work. And here we are.

People talk about their ideas, and the desire to do what they really want to do. They say they’ll get started on the weekend maybe. The dream would come true if only they had a night off from the kids or work or any other thing life throws at them. There are theories that tell you we put things off because we are afraid to fail, and others that say it’s success that scares us. So everyone says, “not now”. It will never be now, because time is a fleeting asset, and the more you think of it, the less you have it.

So I, Frank, would like to propose one simple thing for anyone who is dreaming of doing their “thing” but can’t find a chunk of time for it to come true: do one small thing now. Just one. But get it done now. And the first thing you do is write down your idea. Take 1, 5, or 10 minutes to do that. Walk away. Come back tomorrow, and look at it again. Are you still excited about it? If yes, add another thought to the idea. If not, scratch (or wipe) the idea off and write a new one. Walk away. Repeat this until you find that one idea that has taken a hold of you. When that happens, start working.

If you’re a novelist-at-heart who’s dayjobbing for a living, write one sentence for your novel, each day, for 40 days (that’s how long it takes for a habit to form). Let it take 5 minutes for the one sentence, but do it. If you’re a musician, write one bar. A comic book illustrator? A rough sketch for a scene. A thriving home chef? Get one line of instructions down. Widget maker? One process step at a time.

You get the point. Gradually, with little time, you’ll have a volume of work that may not be perfect, but it’s a significant start - the kind that gives life to your dream. Don’t wait. Grab a piece of paper (or your Wipebook) NOW, and write out an idea. 

Do. Your. Thing.

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