Die Another Way

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I’m writing this post on a MegaBus from Philly to NYC at 11PM at night on a Monday night. The quick Philadelphia trip was for a Brushfire event where myself, Antonio Neves and Jason Wisdom were speaking to students at Drexel University.

Some of the students we speak to end up asking in some form or another: “How do you know when to start something or when something is good enough to share?” That sparked this post.

After reading all of the

how to’s
top 10’s
autobiographies
magazines articles
trade reports
self-help books
emails
blog posts
tweets
status updates
horoscopes

After all of the

strategizing
tactics
thinking
wondering
hoping
talking
chances
happenings
prognosticating
procrastinating
pontificating
proclaiming
pronouncing

After every

late night conversation
moment of inspiration
sign from heaven
unlucky step
fortunate bounce
coaching session
idea formed
complaint cast
plan designed
good night’s sleep
dream made up

After attending all of the

networking events
seminars
classes
workshops
conferences
informational
meetings
happy hours
focus groups

After joining all of the

meet-up groups
social networks
panels
clubs

After downloading all of the

apps
books on tape
e-books
TED talks

After completing all of the

worksheets
checklists
templates
mind maps

After meeting all of the

CEO’s
change makers
influencers
professionals
designers
artists
engineers
authors
employees
entrepreneurs

After putting yourself in the best position possible with the greatest network, with all of the resources and all of the knowledge, there will come a time where it’s you vs. the work. No more preparation, no more planning, no more reading. You have to do the work.

Undefined, uncertain, unapologetic, work.

Death by lack of preparation is surely no way to chase your dreams, but death by research is no way to fulfill them either.

No one can tell you the perfect time to start but you can’t start after you die.

This post is for my new website, which undoubtedly could have been better
This post is for Brushfire, which surely could have been more refined
This post is for The Accountability Effect, which definitely could have been fine tuned
This post is for everyone who got something out there when it wasn’t perfect yet
This post is for everyone who is about to share something even though they’re scared as hell to do it

What have you been putting off or delaying by over researching? How can I help?