You would never put an address in your GPS and then sit idle in your car waiting until you were sure the path would be clear before leaving.
The GPS works best as you start moving, especially the one with real-time traffic updates and course corrections. The closer you get to your destination the more possible routes might appear to get you where you’re going using the best, most efficient route possible.
But none of this happens unless you put the car in “drive” and press the gas.
So what are you waiting for in that project you’re working on? Your career? Your first book? Press the gas and take action. The principle is true in almost anything we do:
The path becomes clear as we move and act.
You can pinpoint the destination and plan the route and enter it into your GPS — preparing for launch — but you’ll never actually get there until you drive. And often in hindsight you’ll see that the route was never like you’d expected and yet you can’t imagine it any other way.
Trust your instincts and GO.
I was presenting to a group of lawyers a few years back about how to build their networks and get more business. Blecht.
But in preparing for the presentation, I had a friend share with me his number one tip for networking and it changed the way I see the world:
Be exothermic: Produce more energy than you consume.
Like the sun. Or a hydrogen bomb. Give off more energy than you consume. Knowing what you do best and doing it isn’t enough. You have to find ways to add value to those around you. Some people are really good at this. They actively seek opportunities on a day-to-day basis to add value to others’ lives. Other people are excellent energy vampires. They drain the energy from others faster than it can be replenished.
Your goal, then, is to add tremendous value and the best way to do this is to leverage your talents. Share what you do best with the world without expecting anything in return.
In every interaction you are either adding value or taking it. Those who are most successful find ways to add it.
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