What are you going to do today?
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had.
In his latest book, Poke the Box, Seth Godin highlights the error of associating risk with failure, he defines anxiety as experiencing failure before it’s happened and encourages us to start something.
What are you going to start today to positively change your tomorrow?
I am putting my efforts into building a business that will be something greater than myself. I am working towards a better future for my family. I am taking new steps every day to grow and build something I started six years ago.
In 2005 during my spare time a couple of friends and I started to design and build an independent property portal – I learned a lot of new skills on that project and I took them back into my day job as a software engineer and developer and was able to add a new dynamic side to some of the projects that I was working on.
I went on to build a website for my wife with my designer and brand strategist friend Sue Brettell, and another for a small theatre company that a friend was running. I told my friends and colleagues about my work and I asked them for their opinion on some the design elements.
Soon I became the go to guy for anything web based that team members in my day job were interested in, be it personal or professional – buy doing something different I changed my position in the the workplace.
In 2007 a colleague, who was running an IT support business in his spare time put me in touch with one of his clients who needed a new website. I got my first commission.
Ever since then I have gradually grown my client base. Sometimes I would have to work long into the night and get up early to go and do the day job but it has been worth it because I know that I am building a better future for me and my family.
Earlier this year the company where I had worked for 10 years announced that they were relocating to smaller premises and would have to lose some staff – they were looking for volunteers – What an opportunity!!
It was a no brainer – I was there right at the head of the queue.
Start something new today – You don’t need anyone’s permission
As Jim Connolly writes in his article, Permission to rock: No one can stop you now, we no longer need to wait for permission.
If I hadn’t started something back in 2005, if I hadn’t have taken the decision to do something different to what I had always done then I wouldn’t be sharing this story. I would be getting what I’d always had and quite likely worse.
What are you waiting for?
Get off your backside and go for it. What ever has been burning away inside – take a step towards achieving that for yourself. Tomorrow, do the same and keep doing it. If you put in the effort you will be rewarded.