Have you guys seen Chase Jarvis’ video series “30 days of genius” for @CreativeLive this month? He’s been interviewing a lot of my favorite online mentors and I’ve loved watching the videos each morning hoping to glean just one new insight to apply to my own life.
Today’s came courtesy of @ramit, and it’s a simple but powerful reminder that for whatever reason I really needed to hear at this moment in time: you don’t have to do it all at once.
He was referring to the fact that when we start businesses, we often want to go all in and do everything we can right out of the gate. Be on every platform. Add the bells and whistles to the website. Have the TV show AND the book AND the course AND the community.
I don’t know about you, but as a creative I definitely suffer from this mentality. It’s natural to want to see every extension and possible execution of an idea you have or a mission you believe in.
BUT the truth is that you can build something of much higher quality with much less overwhelm if you lay a foundation first. If you focus on doing one thing really well, then adding one thing after another. What is it they say? You can do anything but you can’t do everything.
So… if you’re lumping more and more onto your creative plate, try starting with one thing. Do it well, figure it out, and try not to compel yourself to have every piece perfectly in place from the beginning.
You don’t HAVE to do it all at once.