For years, I had ideas of things that I wanted to do. Most of the time, they were business ideas or off the wall inventions. Of course I never did anything about them other than tell my wife and anyone else who would listen while I rambled on. And then there were things that I acted upon, like teaching myself how to play guitar. I even bought a set of congas, a mic, and software for recording. I would play songs – some covers and some original. Using the computer, I would record each instrument (including my horrible vocals), and layer them on top of each other to complete the track.
I did that for a while, then stopped.
I can’t remember why I stopped. It wasn’t because I was bad. Actually, other than singing, I thought I was halfway decent, and picked it up pretty quick. I just knew that it wasn’t for me. So my endless search of quitting my job and chasing a dream began again.
Sometime’s you try things and they don’t work out. That’s okay. Pick yourself up and try something else. Eventually, you’ll find it. Or better yet, it might find you.
When I first began to write, I didn’t know if anything would come of it. I just picked up a pen and knew I had to try. Then I fell in love with it and knew that I was meant to tell stories. I had never written before, other than school, and hadn’t read much until my late 20’s. Now, I’m publishing my first novel.
My wife, Tara, knew nothing of graphic design before she opened her ETSY shop. But she knew that it could be a way to make an income as a stay-at-home mom. So she taught herself by watching YouTube and reading articles. She stuck with it, even when she only made twenty dollars a week after working at it for nine months. Now she’s bringing in a full income and her designs are amazing.
You have to be willing to try things. Don’t just think about something and then never do anything about it. Just the simple act of doing something can make things happen. No success stories are overnight. It may takes years of hard work and dedication before the payoff. All of that stems from a collection of small decisions, over a long period of time, that aligns your life with who you want to be. So instead of thinking of the next big idea, just think of something, then act upon it. With each small milestone, confidence builds and fuels the endeavor even more.
I’m still working full time. I’m still a full time family man. And I’m still writing. Even though I know it may be ten years and ten books later before I make an income from it.
“You may never know what results come from your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” – Mahatma Gandhi