The Messy Truth About Starting Your Career

Earlier today I read a fascinating and eye opening article by the licensing company MusicBed. If you have the time, I highly recommend a full read, but in summary, the article discusses the fear that so many of us are often paralyzed with. That we can’t take that initial leap until we’ve sorted out every single detail of our adventure. It’s a fear that I’m sure many of you know all too well, and that I myself have struggled with.

The article poses the question: “Are you the type of person who carefully checks the temperature of a swimming pool before slowly, over the course of an hour or so, working your way into the water? Or are you someone who dives into the deep end headfirst like a lunatic?” While there’s something to be said for careful planning and decision making, there’s also a lot of value in going with your gut when time is of the essence, and making a leap based entirely off intuition, and the desire to get the job done. It’s trusting your vision, and somewhere along the way figuring out what tools you need to make it a reality.

The truth is that none of us really know what we’re doing most of the time. We have a faint idea, sure, but the getting there is oftentimes messy. It’s filled with little mistakes and mishaps, and a few embarrassments—but it’s also how we learn best. We can’t expect to innately know things or for our schools to teach us the things that we ourselves don’t even know we want to learn yet.  When the occasion strikes we have to find that confidence in ourselves to get up, get out there, and learn by doing. Not just by reading, and not just by asking questions (though those are certainly valuable tools), but by taking the initiative to really do the things we’re curious about. After all, this is our only life and the world doesn’t really owe us anything. If we want things to change in our own lives, we have to make it happen. You have all the tools you need to be successful—you just have to find the confidence to make it happen.

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