My buddy, Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, was always fond of the phrase “you can’t steer a parked car.”
By this, he simply meant that information and guidance is useless if you never exercise enough faith to set things in motion.
If a car is moving down the wrong path, it can still be steered on course. But if it’s parked, even though it may be pointed in the right direction, it’ll never arrive at its destination.
As the maxim says “a mediocre plan that’s moving forward is better than a perfect plan standing still.”
Not only will they reach their destination more quickly, but the person who drives the car in the wrong direction will develop a deeper familiarity with the roads and a better sense of navigation which could prove invaluable for other tasks.
Most of the experts in any given field are the people who spent lots of time making mistakes and figuring things out as they went along. Their competence and self-confidence did not come from getting it “right” the first time around, but from the realization of just how capable they were of making adjustments when things didn’t initially go their way.
Check out this quote by my hero Michael Jordan:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Now, contrast those words with Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky:
“You’ll always miss one hundred percent of the shots you do not take.”
You can think all you want. You can ask other people about their techniques all you want. You can do all the demographic studies and market research you want. You can play out hypothetical scenarios in your head all you want. But the path to greatness doesn’t begin until you take that first awkward shot.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to try?
Is there anything you’ve always been interested in learning about?
Your imagination is a powerful vehicle that can take you anywhere.
Your excitement is the engine.
Turn it on, crank it up, and MOVE THE CAR!