At one point in my life, I felt very stuck.
I had just graduated university. All my peers were going off into the corporate world. I, on the other hand, was not. That was not the path that I wanted to go down. Although there’s nothing wrong with it, the corporate world just didn’t feel right for me.
I felt like a square peg in a round hole and I didn’t know what to do. I felt stuck.
What I did, and this is the advice I’m going to share with you, is very straightforward and simple.
Focus on your next step.
You’ve got to get moving. Most of us, when we feel stuck, we don’t do anything. We start thinking about the absolute perfect step that we can take but, the reality is, there is no perfect step. What ends up happening is you waste a bunch of time thinking about it… and you don’t do anything!
Instead of planning your perfect next step, you just have to take a step. Once you take a step, momentum will bring all kinds of opportunities your way.
So there I was, I’d just graduated university and I knew I didn’t want to go down the corporate path. What was I going to do?
I started speaking to other students because that was something that I DID know how to do, and I realized I was really passionate about the subject of creativity.
Creativity took me from failing out of university to graduating top of my class. I was passionate about it and I wanted to share it with other students, so I started my entrepreneurial career as a speaker, speaking to students about creativity.
Speaking led to me learning about online marketing, which led me to creating a piece of software called WishList Member, a platform for membership sites.
WishList led me to developing a whole bunch of expertise around recurring revenue and membership sites, which led me to where I am now, serving tens of thousands of people, helping them transform their knowledge and influence into recurring revenue.
If you had told me back then that I would do all these things, I would have laughed. I would have said, “What are you talking about? I know nothing about that. There’s no way I’d be able to do that. There’s no way I’d be able to build software.”
I couldn’t have connected the dots to plan that “perfect” next step. Instead, I took a small step that put me in motion.
So how do we stop ourselves from falling in the “perfect” next step trap?
Start with the things that interest you most.
My wife absolutely loves to travel. She’s been trying to think of different business ideas involving travel.
I told her, “Look, start with what you’re passionate about. Pretend like you’re an investigator. Go to the different places that you love and start exploring. When you learn about people doing interesting things, go and check them out. Find out what they’re doing. And then start volunteering. Start helping. Start serving.”
Helping others is one of the best ways to get unstuck.
One of the best things that you and I can do when we’re stuck is to go out and help others, specifically in an area that we’re passionate about.
Chances are, as soon as you start doing that, you are going to start finding opportunities.
I’ll never forget a quote I heard from the great Mike Litman back in the day:
When you’re stuck, you don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.
Take your first step. As soon as you do, it’s going to lead to your next step and the step after that. Before you know it, momentum will be on your side and all kinds of opportunities will come your way.