Whew, that went by fast.
You might recall summer started for me this year with an eight and a half mile hike along the Panorama Trail, from Glacier Point down into the Yosemite Valley.
What a nightmare THAT was!
By hike’s end — which should have taken me five hours but instead took me almost seven — my feet were bloody nubs, which took almost two weeks to heal.
The shoe’s were wrong.
The friggin’ SOCKS were even wrong.
I should’a known better.
I should’a been better prepared.
Face it, it’s usually a great idea to be TOTALLY prepared — even to study the crap outta something before moving ahead with it. Especially when your life might depend on it.
In the case of my hike, thank God I had a very good friend alongside me at the time. (Otherwise, the Park Service might’ve had to helicopter me off the damn mountain!)
On the other hand, sometimes, a LOT of times, we use the preparation excuse to keep us from getting started.
For example, in something as important as starting a business, it sometimes pays to ease up a little on the studying of “how-to” and just take the bull by the horns and fly by the seat of your pants, to mix a couple of well-worn metaphors.
A lot of times, just knowing WHAT you want to accomplish with a new business — not every itty-bitty detail about how to actually do it — is enough to start making your first few dollars.
You’ll find some “seat of the pants” tactics right here…
Be prepared. But don’t be crazy about it.
“Be prepared.” — Boy Scout motto
“Fly by the seat of your pants.” — Wally’s motto