Don’t get me wrong—I’m a big advocate of planning and proper execution. The MBA in me is hard to wash off and I can smell a half-baked idea or sloppy plan a mile off.
At the same time, nothing beats good-old-fashioned doing.
When Chouinard peddled some rubgy shirts from Scotland that he fancied he didn’t have a vision of an international brand called Patagonia – he just saw a good product and practiced urgency.
When Disney first broke dirt in ‘54 he didn’t have enough backers, money, or land. But he did have a vision strong enough to silence the naysayers and an even stronger sense of urgency.
And when Bill Bowerman poured liquid rubber into his wife’s waffle iron he didn’t know he was about to transform the traditional running shoe industry – he saw a need and was practicing urgency.
Maybe you know there is something you need to do—but haven’t. Like start your own company, ask for that raise, or write your book. If I’ve learnt anything from my hesitations it is that “someday” never comes and “as soon as…” doesn’t have a decent ending.
Votaire summed it up by warning “Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good.” Sometimes we have everything we need to step up and move forward – we just need to stir a little urgency into the pot and get started.
Let me know what you think – add a comment below (I’ll be sure to write back.)