Pen, Ink, Rose, Envelope - A Job Love Letter.

Getting Ready

"Are you ready, yet?"

"Almost. I just need a few more things."

Sounds innocent enough, doesn't it?

Under most circumstances it would be. But this was a conversation I was having with myself.

Yes, I talk to myself. I often joke that it is the best conversation I have all day.

That and with the dogs. They just listen and can't respond negatively to a foolish idea I am running with.

Anyway, the thought of getting ready really caught my attention today. It forced me to take a close look at what it was I was doing and why it was taking so long to do it.

I can remember when I decided to go into business for myself.

First I needed a plan. In order to make a plan I needed to buy stuff like a planner, a book on planning, a new light for my office so I could see what I was planning, a cork board to post index cards so I could see the plan unfold. Oh, yes, I needed index cards.

Then it was deciding what office equipment I'd need. Finding the right answering machine, desk, and fax would really take some time.

Then I needed to come up with a name for my business. Once I had the name I needed to get business cards and that would need a logo.

This went on and on until I ran out of "things."

Once I had all my things I could say I was in business.

But I hesitated. I started doubting myself. I criticized the original idea and decided to make a new plan. That began a whole new cycle of planning.

At one point I got mad. So mad, in fact, I wouldn't even talk to myself. It was his fault anyway.

Like my writing. I was always getting ready to write. I had a million ideas. You know they would pop up and I'd think, "Boy that would be a good thing to write about."

Later in the day I couldn't remember what it was.

Well, if I'm going to be writer, I should be prepared.

I'll need a new note book that I'll keep in the car so when ideas come up I can write them down.

Better yet, I should get a voice recorded and carry it with me every where.

"You can't buy any voice recorder. You should research it." I said.

"Oh, so you're talking to me now?"

I was beside myself, litterally.

The point I'm trying to make is this.

Begin. Whatever it is you want to do, begin.

Not every great idea was born because the person was completely prepared.

Not every success story came from attaining a Phd. in the subject. Use what you readily have and build upon it.

If you lost your job, don't just plan on how to survive. Lick your wounds and make big plans for your come back.

The bad news is you lost your job. The good news is, you lost your job.

From here you can become anything. You are now forced into re-evaluating your life. Do you realize there are people who hate the job they have right now but would never take a chance on changing it?

You don't have one, so you can can decide to make changes.

It's what you do when you have nothing to do that will change the course of your life.

"If I only had the money I could..."

You don't have a money problem you have an idea problem.

If you are reading this you have at your finger tips the greatest resource library in the history of the world. Use it!

Find someone who is successful in the field you want to enter and read how they got there. Then duplicate it or find ways to do it better. It won't cost you anything but your time.

"It's what you do when there's nothing to do..."

Stop getting ready and begin.

I've gotta go. I'm having lunch and expecting a really great conversation. With me? No, my dogs.

"I wish you enough!"
~ Bob Perks ~
[ by: Bob Perks Copyright © 2009 ( -- {used with permission} ]

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