You are ready to start now.
You don’t need a college degree, an advanced degree or even a high school diploma to begin doing whatever it is that you are compelled to do. While education is important, it isn’t the determining factor when it comes to successfully doing what you want to do—unless you allow that to stop you from starting.
You don’t need to be fully certified and trained to begin either. You don’t need validation from a partial or impartial third-party to start. You can learn what you need to learn in a classroom, or you can learn the harder—and faster—way. Permission isn’t going to make or break you—unless you let it stop you.
You don’t need experience to start. The fact that you have no idea what you are doing, that you are going to make major mistakes, and that you will be bad at what you do before you are better, isn’t a reason not start. In fact, it’s the exact reason you should start.
The sooner you start, the sooner you get the experience you need to improve. The mistakes you make at the beginning provide you with the feedback you need to know what, where, and how to do things differently.
When you start, you slowly progress. Even when it feels like you are not getting any better, you are getting incrementally better. There will be long periods on the plateaus, where you are ready to give up and give in, and your breakthroughs only occur when you persist through times when things aren’t what you want them to be. The fastest way to get to those plateaus and the breakthroughs on the other side is to start.
What is stopping you is the fear that you aren’t good enough. That fear exists because you are comparing yourself to others that are far ahead of you on the path. The fastest and surest way to break through that fear is to start.
All the masters started as amateurs. They would never have become a master had they not started. Start now.
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