We all have reasons for not taking action. One of my “favorites” is allowing a crucial task to prevent me from completing other tasks. “I’ll get started on that project after tomorrow’s webinar,” I’ll reason. Or, “I’ll begin writing that chapter after Friday night’s keynote address.”
I have the necessary time. I have the means necessary. But I continue to let the fact that I have a major task looming in the near future prevent me from accomplishing other things.
It is a precondition disguised as an excuse, not a cause.
As if you believed you needed a home office to start a business. (For years, I’ve worked at our dining room table.) As if you believed you needed sophisticated software to handle your rental property business. We utilize spread sheets. As though you believe you must complete this first, despite being completely prepared and having nothing left to do, in order to begin that. (We’re still working on it.)
Everyone has preconditions.
And, eventually, we all come to regret them, particularly when our preconditions prevent us from pursuing our personal, professional, or business aspirations. (Which, upon reflection, are a combination of personal and professional.)
Accept money. According to the founder of Growthink, Dave Lavinsky, entrepreneurship is the art and science of doing more with less: less money, less personnel, less time, etc. However, you will never have “enough” money or resources.
Change your plan if you do not have enough funds to establish your firm as you wish.
A lack of money can be a limitation, but it is not a prerequisite, since while you cannot always control what you have, you can always manage what you do with what you have.
Or time. Everyone has equal access to time. The only distinction is what you want to do with yours. You would not wait for a GPS device, satellite phone, or airlift of supplies if you were lost in the mountains. You would exhaust yourself walking and find your way home.
If you apply the same level of significance and urgency to all of your goals, you will find that your timetable suddenly becomes more flexible.
A lack of time can be a limitation, but it is not a prerequisite, because the amount of time required depends on how much you want something.
Or connections. They are anticipating and expecting for that one life-altering connection.
But this is not the case. The more requests a person receives, the more influential that person is. In addition, a vast network will not appear as a thin vertical line when graphed. A strong network resembles a pyramid with a broad base.
A lack of connections can be a limitation, but it is not a prerequisite; when you have a compelling reason to connect and give before you anticipate (if ever) to receive, you will be astonished by the individuals who respond.
This is the nature of preconditions. Certain instruments are useful, but not indispensable. Certain experiences are nice, but not vital. What you lack is never as essential as who you are and how willing you are to strive.
Richard Branson lacked the “necessary” skills, expertise, and contacts to launch an airline. However, he had enough money to charter a single jet for a single trip and the audacity to walk around an airport while holding a banner that stated, “One-way to the Virgin Islands: $39.”
Mark Cuban lacked the “necessary” skills, expertise, and contacts to launch a streaming business. However, he did have one acquaintance with an idea and the audacity to imagine that “streaming might one day replace television.”
Preconditions? They are merely excuses. You will never have everything necessary to begin. You will never have everything you require at each following level.
But you will always have and can always rely on yourself.