I was listening to Seth Godin, a best-selling author and entrepreneur, and he gave a great analogy. He said it’s not necessarily the person who knows all the answers who wins the game of Jeopardy, but the person who rings the buzzer first. And in order to get your buzzer heard, you have to press it before your mind has processed whether you actually know the answer.
So to go for the win, you have to take a chance at failing. You have to leap before you know whether your wings will fly.
So many of us are waiting to make sure we know all the answers before we get started. What are we trying to do? What are the pitfalls? What action would we take in this scenario or that one? What if it doesn’t work out?
We will never know all the answers. We won’t even know the destination. The only thing we can be sure of is that if we put one foot in front of the other we’ll get somewhere.
And we’ll fail over and over again. The best inventors fail thousands of times. They see it as an education. As long you continue to get back up.
Lucille Ball once said, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
What is holding us back? What is it that we really want to do? Today is as good a day as any to get started on something you’ll never regret.
Press your buzzer. You’ve got this.