Some motivation: You have to jump

Hey guys,

I haven’t posted anything motivational in a while, so I thought I’d share this video below from Steve Harvey.

I found this really inspiring, and I like how he kept it down to earth. For instance, in the video he says it’s not just about trying to be a big singer or something like that.

Instead, whether it’s baking pies, cutting grass, or something similarly simple, we have to find our passion. And we have to jump at some point.

I will say as an addendum to what he’s said — and as someone who has jumped and “scraped my knees,” as Steve Harvey terms it — that you could (and should) take many measures to avoid this pain prior to jumping.

For instance, you could (and should) stay at your job until you’ve saved enough money that you have a massive safety cushion. (I’d say a minimum of six months living expenses.)

You should also start your dream part-time while keeping your job, if at all possible. Grow slow, as those who are experienced say. (Most failures happen because we’re impatient and try to speed things up, so we borrow more or take foolish risks.)

Finally, you should also avoid re-inventing the wheel. Study other businesses and examples that have succeeded and failed. What did they do right? What did they do wrong? And obviously, you should do this prior to making your own attempt. (Remember, be patient.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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5 thoughts on “Some motivation: You have to jump

  1. That “grow slow” approach is definitely what I’m taking. Of course, I can’t take all the credit. Even if I was ready to quit my job and pursue writing full time, my fiancee would … shall we say, be less than enthusiastic about that plan. The fact that both of us make pretty good salaries makes it a lot more plausible to self publish a novel this fall without having to worry about where the money’s going to come from, or how many copies it sells (well, my ego may worry about that, but my wallet won’t). Just keep making progress. There are no hard deadlines, and no pressure other than what I put on myself. Set a reasonable budget, plan out a marketing strategy, and see what happens. Oh, and there’s the little bit that involves actually, ya know, writing the book. I’ll get there, though. The nice thing is the lack of stress that the “grow slow” strategy provides. It sells a lot of copies, or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, maybe the next one will. Either way, the lights will stay on, and we’re not going to have to wear a coat and a heated blanket in our own house.

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    1. Very well said, Jeff. And this is precisely why (besides the fact that you’re an incredible writer) that you’re going to succeed.

      You would eventually succeed if you rushed it (assuming you never gave up) based on your talent, but it would probably be an ugly and entirely avoidable experience.

      Keep pushing and believing! Can’t wait to see how your first book does.

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  2. One of the things I respect most about Harvey is his credibility. The guy went from homeless (sleeping in his car) while trying to break into show business to in excess of $100 million net worth.
    He knows a little something about making the good stuff happen.


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