Start Before You Feel Ready – Faster Is Better

Starting before you feel ready is a formula for success. In other words, faster is better.

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James Clear has written an excellent article which is a thought-provoking read entitled “Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready”. It reflects the same sentiments that I expressed in an article written 20 years ago entitled “Faster Is Better“.

Here is how the James Clearr article starts:
In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school. With the help of a friend, he started a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses. With only a little bit of money to get started, he ran the operation out of the crypt inside a local church.


Today, that young boy who dropped out of school and kept starting things despite his inexperience and lack of knowledge is a billionaire. His name is Sir Richard Branson.
Richard Branson is enormously successful and James Clear identifies the reason for that:
When everyone else balks or comes up with a good reason for why the time isn’t right, Branson gets started. He figures out how to stop procrastinating and take the first step — even if it seems outlandish.

The final summary paragraph sets out the essence of this approach:
You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going. We all start in the same place: no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience. The difference is that some people — the winners — choose to start anyway.

That is very much the spirit of the article I wrote over 20 years ago, Faster Is Better.   You have a number of advantages in being faster:

  • You can be further ahead of the competition
  • You get faster feedback from your customers and can incorporate product improvements faster
  • You stand out from the crowd
The same theme was picked up shortly thereafter in an article by Bill Taylor of Fast Company where he described Fast Companies.   It certainly is a winning formula, however you describe it.

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