We all have that big idea, the one that we’ll build some day. But there’s always something that forces us to shelve the idea for another day. Sometimes it’s kids. Sometimes it’s money. Most often it’s fear. Fear of failing. Fear of getting sued. Fear that the idea really isn’t that good.
Developing ideas can be fun but without action, all they are is ideas. I’m sure you’ve seen a product or service debut that you’ve been thinking about for years. It’s frustrating to see your great idea come to fruition without you. But they went for it and built it. They likely encountered all the same fears, frustrations and obstacles that you’d encounter.
Maybe they got a big break or were well-connected in life, which made it easier to succeed. But the truth is they started something and kept with it. If you just start doing something, you’re already further ahead than 90% of people. We totally made up that statistic but the truth is most people don’t even start, they just think about an idea. Just thinking about ideas can be a fun exercise but if you really want to build something, you need to just do it.
Think about this: what thing have you done in your life where you knew all the answers before starting? You likely knew little to nothing when you started a new job, became a parent, started using Instagram, or before giving your first massage (that’s very specific but we really could use a massage, this post is stressing us out).
You’re not alone. Most of us have no idea where to start. If you’re a person that wants to build something that should exist, that you need to exist or will fulfill a gap in the market, then we have something that will inspire you.
We think the “How I Built This” podcast is perfect for those dreamers that need the extra inspiration to start their business.
This podcast takes you inside the minds of the entrepreneurs that built the companies that shape our world. The first episode profiles Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. It’s a great introduction to the podcast and a great story about building something from scratch and doing it by yourself.
There are so many great episodes, and you don’t need to listen to the episodes in order. We hope the episodes will inspire you, as much as they inspired us. Here’s to building the next big thing!