Marie Tueje's blog: short texts about all things.

Standing still

The thing about being in business for yourself is this: no-one is going to do it for you. It, 'the thing' (whatever that 'thing' happens to be), you're going to have to do it yourself. The bad news is this can be daunting, not to mention frustrating. The good news, however, is that it can also be extremely liberating. If your arse doesn't get off the chair, nothing will happen. No-one is going to call you, whether it's to give you work or to install a new door in your office. You have to make the move, you have to keep pushing forward. 

It might sound obvious to say it but standing still doesn't get you anywhere. Some people will use standing still as a strategy, e.g. 'I'll let all the other buffoons run and jump, take on the risk, then I'll pick up the pieces when they fail.' Well, good luck with that strategy because what happens if they don't fail? What happens if someone else  - who's already on the move - gets there to pick up the pieces before you do? 

Standing still is good - recommended, even - for respite, for reflection. But standing still, is not a strategy for those of us who actually want to get somewhere.