“I’ve always had this child like faith that anything is possible.”
We spend so much time trying to learn from the likes of Gates, Jobs, Buffett. Don’t get me wrong, you absolutely should! However, I still think the most inspiring stories can come from children.
How quickly we forget what it’s like to be a child! Do you still remember those days? How anything was possible? If you wanted to be a super hero, you just put on a cape and ran around the house. If you wanted to be an astronaut, you built a space ship out of card board boxes. You had the belief that you could be anything you wanted to be and do anything you wanted to do. What’s happened to your child like faith?
How many of you made a lemonade stand as a kid? You probably got some help from your mom to reach the sugar, made a sign with crayola markers, thought about how much to sell it for and found a spot with traffic. Children are natural entrepreneurs. They have an idea and just start doing it. It’s really that simple if we approach it like a child.
As adults, we understand consequences better than children do. It’s a blessing and a curse. If I knew what I know now about business startup, I would still be at a corporate desk job. Instead I just thought to myself, yea I can do this. That’s as far as I thought into it. I was completely naive and had no plan. Oh so you want to be an entrepreneur? brb. I’m getting my cape!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a friend complain about their job or career. When I ask them what they really want to be doing, you can hear the excitement but also the hesitation. I’d love to do <insert job/hobby> but this <insert something about time> but this <insert something about age> but this <insert something about money> but this <insert something about personal circumstance>.
You’ve just got to do it.
One day you’re going to get out of bed and internally scream, “I’M NOT LIVING LIKE THIS ANYMORE!”
There ya go! That’s step 1. Have a child like temper tantrum, stomp your feet, and refuse to go back to your old way of living. That degree you never finished? Well today you’re going to start. That novel you’ve always wanted to write? Today you’re going to make a detailed schedule with short and long term goals on how you’re going to do that.
Next thing you know it, you’ve made a cape out of a bed sheet and you’re flying around the house. You feel like a kid again. Like anything is possible. Sometimes you’ve got to put yourself back in those size 3 children’s shoes to have the life you’ve always dreamed about.