I ran across this quote while reading a post from Rannoch Donald yesterday. As an aside, I’m trying to take more time to read. I’ve let my own sense of urgency and need to make my business prosper take such precedence that I’ve become a bit of a bore. To counteract this I’m going to start setting aside time everyday to just read. What I read is irrelevant, it may be work related or just for pleasure, but I’m taking time to read and nothing else. We’ll see how it works. Here’s that quote:
“Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect or a procrastinator or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.” — Shoma Morita
I really like this guy’s style. “Give up on yourself.” What an opener. What a way to shock you into paying attention. Give up on myself? I thought I was supposed to be doing the opposite. I thought all of my effort was supposed to be on improving myself, getting ready for all the things I’m supposed to be doing.
No, all that is is stalling. You’re just getting ready to get ready, or as we say down South “fixin’ to get ready.”
You’re as ready as you will ever be. Just start. “Begin taking action now.” So what if it starts off wrong? You can fix your aim along the way. No one’s paying that much attention to you anyway. They’re all caught up in their own stories and journeys. It’s not as if they’ll notice. And if they do? Impress them with how you overcame the challenge of a false step or a misdirection. The best part of every hero’s tale is the part when they stumble and fall and then pick themselves back up.
The labels you use to explain why you haven’t started — they aren’t you. You are so much more than any one label. Any imperfections you might perceive are still not enough to stop you. Bruce Lee was near sighted and one leg was shorter than the other. Muhammed Ali was denied his prime years as a boxer by the Boxing Commission. No one is born perfect and every person of accomplishment has had something to overcome. Even those who seem to have everything, born with the right genes, into the right families, for whom life just seems to roll over at their feet offering it’s belly to be scratched, will eventually have to overcome their own privilege.
“…[G]et started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.” Your time here is limited. You will die one day. Don’t let your last thoughts in this world be, ‘If only I had…” In the end, failure will never be as bad as having never tried. You have things to do. You came here with a purpose. Your first job is to figure out what that is, but once you’ve found it. It’s time to get to work.