There's something you've been wanting to do, but don't have the time, money, skill, knowledge....insert reason here _____...

What Are You Waiting For?



There's something you've been wanting to do, but don't have the time, money, skill, knowledge....insert reason here _________.


The question is, What are you waiting for?


For a lot of people, they just don't know where to start. They get excited about all of the potential of an idea, but then it breaks down because they get caught up in the uncertainty of details that are not currently relevant. I'm going to share a brief story with you. See if it sounds familiar.
A few years ago, my brother wanted to start a company and understood the potential of his efforts was going to require extra personnel at some point in time way down the road. It would be a service oriented business that would have a regular interval clientele with a very identifiable revenue stream that he'd already proven he was capable of earning, by working for someone else. We sat down and discussed his potential, his skills, and his local business opportunity. Then I did some research and shared what I had learned.
I told him all he needed to get moving was a license to offer the service he was planning on offering and customers that would utilize his skill. That's it! So we gathered resources sent him to a class out of state to get his license and he came home, license in hand, excited and ready to go. He was pumped! I indicated our next step would be to go find very specific local customers so we could maximize his potential for early income. He agreed and let me know he'd been thinking about exactly who to go after first and why.
Weeks went by and I never heard anything from him. When I asked him if he'd gone to the places we discussed, he looked at me and exhaustively said: "I don't even know how to do payroll." Immediately I asked, "What does that matter?" "Well" he says "If I'm going to have to hire people, I'm going to need to know how to do payroll."...
I was floored. I explained that he should not worry over that detail at the moment, because he needed to get a single gig that would pay him anything at all first to get him going. Then once everything got to the point he'd need to hire extra people, we'd hire an accountant to handle payroll and that would be that. So I sent him on his way to go make contact and again didn't hear from him for several weeks. When we crossed paths, I asked him if he had any gigs yet. "Man, I don't know how to do taxes" was his response this time.
I realized at that moment, he'd never start because he was too worried about the uncertainty of irrelevant matters for the current situation. I knew that he was worried about how things would unfold, but indicated that we'd take baby steps and I'd be there the entire way. I'd also written a business plan that covered most of these points and went over it with him before ever sending him off for that initial license. Sadly, anytime I talked to him, it would always turn to the things he didn't know how to do that would only be relevant once he got to a large enough scale that it would matter. Because of the frustration and uncertainty of things to come he wouldn't ever take the first step.
I love my brother to death, and truly want to see him be independent but he just couldn't get over his own worries and the uncertainty that the idea of potential success brings.
So my question to you again is: What are you waiting for?
My next question is, does it matter? Can you start yourself on your path with a phone call, sitting down and practicing a skill, or simply even just finishing that project that's been sitting around forever. Is there something you've put off because you got worried about something completely irrelevant based on a mental projection of success that revealed a roadblock you were unsure how you'd manage it?
If so, Do it. Start. Just start. It seems so simple a statement, but put all of the doubt and uncertainty aside for a moment, and just start. 
(This was originally posted on my LinkedIn)