How to Just Go For It (Even When You Aren’t Sure)
You won't know until you try.
If you want to speak professionally, it’s really helpful if you can make people laugh. Humor is a fantastic technique to not only entertain and engage people, but to earn the right to tell them a hard truth they might need to hear. George Bernard Shaw said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” That’s pretty accurate, and since I don’t want people to kill me, I try to make people laugh often. Plus, laughing is fun and burns calories. We should all laugh more!
But here’s the thing about telling jokes—you have to go for it. The joke will only work if you commit and give it all you’ve got. Now, the risk of course is that you go for it and people don’t laugh. Then you are hanging out there and all you hear are crickets. That’s painful and awkward for everyone involved. (Been there.)
However, if you try to play it safe and tiptoe your way to the punch line and only halfway tell it, they definitely won’t laugh. It’s like batting in baseball. If you go for it, you might swing and miss. But if you try to swing slow and careful, even if you hit the ball it’s not going very far. In baseball, with joke telling, or even in business, you can’t play it safe—you’ve got to go for it.
In my last post, I taught you why you must have a problem if you are going to succeed in business. But even after you’ve brainstormed business idea options, chosen one and identified your problem, you might have a hard time going for it. You may think, “How do I know it’s the right idea? What about the other possible ideas? Do I have to pick just one? How will I know it’s going to work?”
I hear you, literally. I hear these questions all the time and I totally understand where you’re coming from. But here’s the thing: you won’t know until you try.
The good news is that starting a business (translation: getting paid for helping people) is easier than ever before. You don’t have to have a brick and mortar store, an expensive website, or start-up capital and investors to see if this thing will fly. You can just try. That’s it. Just try to help one person and get paid. Start small and give it a shot. Let’s say you try it for a few months and it’s just not working and you’re regretting picking that idea. So what? You can change things up as you go or try a different idea altogether.
Some people are confused and think that I help people find their calling through the Business Boutique. But I don’t. Honestly, the whole idea of “calling” is really overwhelming to me. Some people write on that topic and I think that’s awesome, but that’s not me. I don’t even know if I am in my calling. Here’s what I do know: I know that I am doing something I am really good at and that I really enjoy. That’s what I help people do. I help people make money doing what they love. If the Business Boutique thing doesn’t work out for me, you know what? I’ll do something else that I am good at and enjoy. There are a lot of things I could do, and the same is true for you! There are a lot of things you can do. Don’t get overwhelmed by your one purpose you were put on this Earth to do. Just pick something and try it. You’re going to learn the most by doing, so get out there and get moving!
“But what if someone is already doing it?”
Well that is another common question I get often! That’s why, in my next post, I am going to tell you exactly how to handle the situation if someone is already doing the thing you want to do!