Just LAUNCH already!
One of my dearest friends and mentors — after giving me her opinion on yet another business idea of mine — Catherine Kunst recently wrote in an email:
Anyhow…at some point you’re going to need to just LAUNCH one of these many ideas you have and make a go of it. Maybe this one, maybe the next one. But all of them will have risk, and all you can really do is identify as best you can where some of the major mountains/hurdles will be and see whether they inspire you to press on or whether you think it’s too risky.
And, she’s right.
Pretty much every time I start working on a new idea, I stop at the point of where I have to spend more than $5,000 to keep going. What am I scared of? It’s just money.
There was another email over the weekend where she said this:
What scares you about succeeding wildly that you build your business models to not make too much money?
I don’t know. Does it all go back to a feeling of worthiness? Do I not feel worthy of success? All my ideas revolve around the idea of starting creative businesses to make money for non-profit causes/companies because I want so desperately to make the world a better place. I don’t need a billion dollars. A billion dollars wouldn’t make me happy.
You know what would make me happy?
- Ending child slavery would make me happy.
- Ending child hunger would make me happy.
- Ending the world water crisis would make me happy.
- Creating companies that spin-off a little money for me while helping the greater good would make me happy.
Right now, I’m not sure I’m working on any of that. I’m like a puppy with ADHD who doesn’t like the taste of my own slobber. I find a new toy to play with, chew on it for a bit, and then leave it in the middle of the floor for someone to trip over once it gets a little soggy.
I’m really hoping that blogging about this stuff will help me find clarity.