“If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” -Drew Houston, Founder/CEO of Dropbox
Q: When is the best time to publish my blog post? When is the best time to share a link to my blog post on Facebook? When is the best time to ask others to share my blog post on their social media pages? When is the best time to….?
A: Oh, I would say it’s sometime after you’ve actually written the blog post.
Not to make light of fair questions, but I think it’s important to note that many people never get around to creating anything because they insist on having answers to questions like the ones above before they ever take constructive action.
Whether we’re talking about blog posts, musical compositions, entrepreneurial endeavors, or any other kid of creative project, it’s essential to keep the following in mind:
If you want real answers, get out of your head and get into the world. The feedback you get from engaging reality will be far more accurate and useful than all the speculations or advice from people whose stories will never be identical to your own.
Your questions don’t have to end in order for creativity to begin. Wisdom is not a prerequisite for taking risks, it’s a reward for taking risks. Keep asking questions, but don’t make the mistake of treating the creative process as if it needs the permission of your having resolved every possible concern you’re capable of imagining.
In Poke the Box, Seth Godin wrote:
“Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you’ve got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance.”
You’ll never answer the last question. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to prevent you from taking the first step.
Are your questions holding you back or are they propelling you forward?