A lot of us prefer to stick to our own ‘comfort zone’. We are afraid of changes. Risks. Losses. Uncertainties.
That’s why most of us do not dare to start something. We’re afraid that it might fail, that we’ll be wasting our time, or worse, we might lose our hard-earned savings.
But if we don’t make that first step, we’ll forever be stuck in the same place 5 or 10 years from now.
This is what happened to me before. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own small business. I do have big dreams….but everything big, starts from a humble beginning. So I want to start small. But wanting to start, and willing to start, are 2 different things. So I waited and waited…planned…dreamed…and gave up even before I started something. Too worried of the invisible things that lie ahead. Things that are made of nothing, but my own imagination.
But in 2013, I took the leap of faith. I thought bout what could be the worst case scenario if I were to start a business? Money gone…time gone….but that’s about it right? Not too bad.
So I started a small business which sells the things I like most – toys and collectibles. I started Brick Box Malaysia, a LEGO reseller.
True, I invested a lot in it….and true, I might end up suffering heavy losses. But it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
In the past 2 months or so (I started in Feb), I feel that I’ve learnt a lot. I met up with different kind of people, and I’m learning to deal with different type of personalities. It’s a big challenge, but I’m enjoying every moment of it.
I don’t know how long this will last….or if there’s an end (good/bad) to it. But like I’ve always told my friends….if you are afraid of starting something….just START and then you will see if you are still afraid. Most often than not, it’s not as scary as it seems. And once you’ve started, the path will be much clearer for you and your next mission is to get the right momentum and improvise.
So go start your dream, start something. Try it and don’t worry so much. Worry only when the issues are there. And treat those issue solving process, as part of the learning as well.
Most importantly, enjoy the journey
Remember, do not be afraid of starting something. But be very afraid of not starting something until it’s too late.