I started when I was not ready. And boy was I not ready.
When I quit my job three years ago I didn’t have any clue about anything.
I just had the vague idea of writing a book. But that was already about it.
When I quit I had less than 2 years of full time working experience and no tangible skills.
Just a useless piece of paper with the name of a university on it. And that was already about it.
I don’t know why I had the foolish idea that I could write a book.
In the end I wrote a book. I even wrote and published 6 books. Or less. I don’t really remember.
Mainly because none of them was a success.
I’ve also launched and shutdown more than 10 websites in those three years.
And started a somewhat popular blog. And write at dozens of other places.
I’ve also created a few online courses and paid subscriptions.
I’ve pretty much done and tried everything there is out there.
And you know what?
It took me more than three years until some of these things work out just a tiny little bit.
Sure. You could say that I do too many things at the same time. Or that I’m just not made for this. And you might be right. But that’s just the way it is when you start when you’re not ready.
Now don’t get me wrong here.
I have learned a hell lot of stuff over the past three years. A lot more than I ever thought possible. And these skills are all marketable skills, as they call it.
But I just don’t think that anyone who follows the advice “start when you’re not ready” is really ready for anything. Except maybe to fail.
Look. It takes a hell lot of persistence and pigheaded discipline to work for three or maybe even more years to see the first tangible results. But most importantly, you’ll need money. To pay for food. The bills. Or rent.
And that’s the one thing almost no one ever talks about.
And when I look back, the only thing that helped me to keep going over the years was cash.
I saved almost all of the money I made at my first job. If I didn’t do that I would probably have quit a long time ago.
Or I would have started freelancing. Or consulting. Which is an entire business in itself already and usually costs more time than your average corporate gig.
So next time someone tells you to start when you’re not ready try to understand where they’re coming from first.
How did they make ends meet? Did they keep their job? How long did it take them until some of their things started working out? 1 year? 2 years? Or maybe even more?
But most importantly: Do they just talk the talk or did they also walk the talk?
And once you’ve answered all of these questions, once you know where they are coming from, then act accordingly…