Validation is a weird thing sometimes isn’t it?
Growing up in the final remnants of the generation where the 9-5 job was the traditional career goal and the term “start up” more closely resembled a conversation about the performance of your car – I thought I had a pretty decent idea of what I needed to do to succeed in life. What I didn’t count on was an intense curiosity (that wouldn’t stop with the response of: “that’s just how it is”) and meaningful conversations early in life that challenged me to go above & beyond.
Most of this served me well towards the end of college and initial years of my career where I began building a platform for myself in the health innovation world. But then there came a point where I realized I wanted to create something. And let me tell you: when you cross over into becoming a maker, all sorts of things change in your mind.
It was definitely worth it to create this though.
While there are certainly things that you just have to learn along the way of taking something from idea to reality, there is one universal point that I want you to remember: you have to take action. Without the courage to take the next step, whatever it may be, no amount of advice from anyone will actually help you accomplish anything.
To be honest, despite all the great things I’ve been able to do over the past few years, one of my favorite crutches-turned-quicksand habits was asking people to give me their thoughts on an idea. A lot. The funny thing was that despite their excitement about whatever concept/idea I had to share – it would never be enough to actually prompt me to action. There would be an initial happiness of validation and then just like any other creative endeavor, doubt & what if’s would proliferate. One of my favorite authors, Steven Pressfield, calls this ‘The Resistance’ in his book The War of Art. Not until I had the courage to just take the next step and do something, did I learn how to validate myself and learn the value of doing the work to reach my goals.
As you move forward in building a body of impactful work, realize that the Resistance will never actually go away but the courage to take the next step and act is always up to you. Just start.