“Someday” People

I remember back before I started my first business, the conversations colleagues would have about one day leaving our jobs to start something of our own. “We should leave and start our own business. We already know how to do the work, and I bet some clients would come with us.”

I don’t know how many times I heard some variation of that basic idea, from lots of different co-workers. Sometimes I started the conversation, sometimes I just listened.

It wasn’t just colleagues, either. Friends often started the same kind of conversation, about their dreams of leaving a job to hang out a shingle.

For every 10 people I heard talk about starting a business, I’d estimate only 1 ended up doing anything about it. 9 out of 10 did nothing but dream.

When I was still in a job, I can’t say I felt entirely certain I would eventually run my own business. I spent a lot of time thinking about it, but it didn’t seem as though I had any more conviction than those friends and co-workers.

Which makes me wonder, what separates the “someday” people from the people who actually do something about their dreams of starting a business?

Do the someday people know all along they’re not going to take action, or does life just get in the way?

Will your intentions lead to something, or will they just wither away?

I'm Corbett Barr, founder of Fizzle and Palapa and co-host of The Fizzle Show. This is where I write about building businesses, living the good life, and doing work that matters. More about me »

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