In a recent Success.com article, contributor Jamie Friedlander shared three stories of successful people who decided to start something before they were ready. Each person took a chance and pursued their business goals instead of spending time over-planning and over-analyzing.
Friedlander, herself, was put in that position early in her career and her gamble paid off. She offers these four tips to get you started before you’re ready.
- Do the 10-year test. Ask yourself, “Will I regret not doing this in 10 years.” If you answer yes, it’s time to start.
- Beware of over-planning. Make a basic plan, but don’t focus too much on having everything figured out.
- Ignore the voice in your head. The voice that says you’re not ready, that you’re incapable or incompetent or that you don’t feel like doing this or that.
- Take a small step. For example, start a side hustle while keeping your fulltime job. Strike a balance between starting something you care about and being practical.