I had coffee with an entrepreneur yesterday who admitted how regretful he feels about not having started earlier on his entrepreneurial path.
Maybe you’ve had a similar thought before:
“What if I had started this when I was in my early 20s? Where would I be now? I feel like it’s just too late now.”
Here’s the bad news. It is too late. It’s always too late.
If your only concern is your current self and your world now, in this moment, then there are a bazillion things you could have done differently in the past to have changed your fate today.
But most of us don’t just live in the present. Just as you lived through the past, up until this moment, you’ll also live until other moments in the future.
And that’s the person for whom it isn’t too late.
If your 30-year-old self is disappointed you didn’t start 5 years ago, won’t your 35-year-old self be ecstatic that you started today?
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.