By Sakada Khon
You may have a goal or dream inside your mind. And you know you need to take actions to achieve them. But you don’t have enough tools or materials to start. You think it’s really hard or impossible to do if you don’t have what the professionals have for doing the job, so you give up.
Well I’m here to tell you, you may be wrong. Chances are, you have everything you need. You just don’t realize it.
I’m not saying this because I have done something great or better than you. In fact, I’m just like you. I used to be that kind of person who will only get started when I feel I have everything in my hands, which of course, never happens.
But sometimes, you’ve got to learn from other successful people. Have you ever thought that those people had everything when they started?
The answer is obviously “NO”. None of those successful people had everything when they started. It’s just that they are very creative at solving problems with what they have.
Whether it’s Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, those tech billionaires all started small with just a simple idea of solving problems. They didn’t have a fancy office or tools like now to start with, but they were able to build things that changed the world.
So how can you get started with what you already have to go after what you want?
1. Know what you have
Yes, it’s really that simple. First off, you need to know what tools or resources you have that are related to what you want to do.
By using of the word “know“, I mean that you understand how those tools work, what their capabilities are, and how you can use them to their full potential.
Asking questions is also what sparks creativity for most people. Start to wonder why your idea would work, how you could improve it.
For example, there is an old retired Japanese man named Tatsuo Horiuchi, who creates stunning artwork from just Microsoft Excel.
Yes, you read it right, Microsoft Excel. Instead of spending money on courses, brushes, paints, or easels, he uses what he already has, which is a computer and a pre-installed program.
Also, he started by asking himself a simple question: how can he paint with his PC?
Here is a video of Tatsuo by the Great Big Story:
2. Improve your knowledge
Knowledge comes from everything around us.
The best source of all things is the Internet. You can find almost anything on the Internet. Maybe learning sounds boring to you, but you can think of it as a form of entertainment, like watching educational videos or maybe just some movies. It could broaden your understanding on things that you don’t know.
Or maybe, you could read short or long-form articles online. People love sharing their knowledge and experiences on the Internet.
Also, the old traditional way of learning things from books is good too. You could learn a person’s whole life experience in a book. There are stories that will inspire you to do your work, to start working for what you want, and to start taking action toward your goals.
“The most valuable thing that you have to start anything is your time, and you already have it, so don’t lose it.”
There is a famous quote by Steve Jobs that goes, “Creativity is just connecting things.” Improving your general knowledge will help you gain more dots. The more dots you have, the more creativity you have.
3. Talk to people
If you want to do something, seek help. Don’t be afraid. Just ask. You could ask your friends, parents, teachers or maybe even strangers.
Or maybe you could ask the professional in the field of what you are interested in. They have been through it, so they know what paths to walk. They can give you useful advice for how to get started.
Also, sometimes you may feel stuck with planning what you want to do. Talking to other people will help you with that.
People love telling other people their stories, successes, and experiences. You don’t know what they know, and that’s why you have to ask. Maybe, you can find much better solutions by doing so.
4. Just get started
“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu
One of my favorite YouTube creators is Thomas Frank, who is also the co-founder of College Info Geek blog. If you look at his first video on YouTube, it’s not really that good like the videos right now. It’s not perfect. But he posted it anyway. And the quality of the content kept improving from one video to another.
And now, his videos are awesome and his channel has over a million subscribers.
Another inspiring story is about Gary Vaynerchuk, an entrepreneur, author, and influencer. He has talked about how he promoted his wine business on the internet.
When he just got started on YouTube, he uploaded videos of himself tasting wine. The quality of the videos weren’t very good. But he was able to get lots of attention from viewers, who soon turned into his customer. And his business grew.
The most valuable thing that you have to start anything is your time, and you already have it, so don’t lose it.
You may think that it is not the right time to get started yet. But if not, then when? There is no such thing as the right time. Right now is the best time to get started. You will find things you need along the way.
The idea of not having enough tools or time to start is just a lame excuse. Just do it!
So, What is the dream or goal that you always have in mind but you haven’t started doing it yet? Are you ready to get started? How will you use the tools you already have to make your ideas happen? Let me know in the comment section down below.
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.