Starting is the Hardest Part

“All day long you’re emailing or tweeting or liking or meeting… and every once in a while, something tangible is produced. But is there a mark of your passage? — Seth Godin

I read this post on Seth Godin’s blog over a year ago.

It’s about leaving behind a trail of work. An ‘online artifact’ that’s useful not just to yourself, but to those interested.

I was intrigued. With all the ideas that run through my head on a daily basis — surely some of them are worth writing down, documenting, and sharing with others.

So I started thinking about what to call it, how to position it, and what to talk about. I looked at it from every angle, bought several domain names, and started the process over from scratch too many times to count.

I got bogged down in details. And I didn’t start a damn thing.

It’s been 15 months since I read that post. And looking back at the process — I can’t help but wish I’d left a trail.

I think that’s called irony. But here’s the point: beginnings are scary.

When we start something, we don’t know how it’s going to turn out. But that’s exactly why we need to start. We need to acknowledge that this might not work and do it anyways.

I’m not really sure what this blog is about. I have plenty of ideas. But the only way to really figure it out is to get started.