I've been revisiting a book I enjoyed a couple of years ago:
"In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs." It is, in fact, exactly as the title purports: a book of inspiration and advice from women who are out there making things and doing things. And I like it so much that I want to pass it on, because inspiration is contagious. (You can find all of these posts tagged as Cool Women.)
Today's inspiration comes from Hana Getachew, a textile designer and creative director at Bolé Road Textiles. Her most immediate great advice: "Just start! Even if you're only 60 percent there, just start."
I totally agree with that - it's so easy to be paralyzed by the feeling of not being quite ready, but eventually it becomes true that you're never fully ready, and in fact it might only be the Elizabeth Holmeses of the world that feel 100% sure of what they're doing. And to back this up - even Hana Getachew can find herself wondering if she fully belongs where she is, as evidenced by her blog post explaining that she was pretty sure her invitation to be included in this book was a mistake! So we've all got doubt, but in the face of it, start anyway. And then heed Hana's other words: "perseverance is my greatest asset." Yes, indeed.
I personally find it easier to start than to persevere. I'm a big fan of the shiny new thing, which is great for providing needed energy for the start, but the perseverance is not quite as shiny and bright. Which is why I've concluded that, for me, perseverance is the piece I'll work on the most - start before you're ready, but then just keep going. It's literally the only way to get there.