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Great Encouragement

Thomas Whitley

Merlin Mann has a post about an interview with Leo Babauta. The question asked in the post is:

If, tomorrow morning, you had 60% of the time and resources you needed to start making anything you wanted, what would it be? And, what would you do first?

I encourage you to read the entire post here, but just had to highlight the end of it, as it is a great encouragement to all of us to do what we’ve been dreaming about.

The reason I throw in that “60% of what you need,” is that it’s just enough to make the question interesting and ambitious. Give someone no resources, and they have no imagination. Give them all the resources and they break ground on a Hooters in their garage. But, give someone most of the resources they need, and you have a delightful real-world challenge to the creative imagination.

And, finally, if you’re feeling really ambitious, imagine you have most of what you need today. Because, here’s the O. Henry ending: you probably already have at least part of what you need to get started. On a novel. On a one-person business. On your first gallery show. Maybe it’s only 40% or 25% or .001%. But, it’s something. And something is all any project needs to get started. Don’t believe me? Try it.

Imagine you have almost what you need. Then, just start something.


Consider this my encouragement to you, through Merlin Mann. I hope you appreciate it, since I don’t give much encouragement.