Start Something. Start Now.

Continuing from last week when we discussed thinking big and starting small. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how that works. You are now (hopefully) clear on exactly where to start with your big ambition, or at least you have an idea of the general direction to start from.

If you are still not absolutely clear, it’s okay. Just keep searching. Keep questioning. 

The answer doesn’t always come at once, hitting you with the force of an earthquake. Most of the time, it comes in stages. Little by little. As Mark Zuckerberg said, ideas don’t come fully formed.

So now, you have an idea of where to start with implementing your idea (no pun intended), the next decision you might be faced with is – when should I start?


Continuing the story from last week, our apple man didn’t live happily ever after. No, this is not one of those stories.

But first, let’s go back a couple of years.

So, here we are again – he’s thinking how nice it will be if he could just keep getting the same number of apples regularly at little to no cost. He fantasizes about this every day until he starts mentioning it to his friends.

So, one friend told him, “Why don’t you plant apple trees? You could be harvesting apples in four to eight years.”

But Apple Man thought, “apple trees take such a long time to begin to bear fruits. I can’t really wait that long without eating apples. I love apples too much to make such a big sacrifice!”

So, for the next year, the idea of him having an apple tree remained that – an idea.

But, due to the mighty forces of the earth, the principalities and powers of this world, inflation happened, and the price of apples soon increased by half.

Apple Man still couldn’t give up apples, but now, it’s costing him even way more.

He laments this to a wise old woman one day, who then echoed the advice of his friend, “Plant your own apple tree, you moaning whimper!”, the old woman advised him in her gentle, motherly voice.

“But it’s going to take such a long time for it to start bearing fruits, and I simply cannot wait that long!”, he lamented.

“Well, nobody said you have to stop eating apples as soon as you plant your own. What’s more, you could even plant the seeds from the apples you buy and eat.

“Whether you plant apple trees today or not, you will still be buying apples for the next five years or so. But your action today will determine your outcome in five years”, the old woman again tells him.

“Oh, you are absolutely right! But it’s too late now. If I had known, I would have started planting immediately when my friend advised me a year ago. Then by now, I would have had only four years left to wait.”

“You dumb oaf! The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is now. Will you stop being stupid and get to work RIGHT NOW!”, the old woman said again in a nice, calm voice.

And so our Apple Man got to work immediately and luckily, he got apples that took about four years to begin bearing fruits and that was why, five years after his friend initially advised him, he had an apple orchard.


So now, you have an idea of where to start with implementing your idea (no pun intended), the next decision you might be faced with is – when should I start?

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is NOW.

Samuel is an avid reader and a freelance writer, in that order. He fancies himself funny, but his friends regularly don't laugh at his jokes. I have been a student of personal development for several years, and I created this blog to share my knowledge with others and help them become better versions of themselves.

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