About three years ago, I was sitting on the veranda at the King Kamehameha country club in Maui, wondering what the hell I was doing there.
I was at a mastermind summit, and had no business being there. All day long for three days, I was surrounded by business owners and entrepreneurs twice my age who made 1,000 x my income. I was way out of my league.
I was not supposed to be there.
48 hours earlier, I was at my parents’ house in Chicago doing nothing.
48 hours earlier, I couldn’t even get a job at Starbucks, much less start my own business.
48 hours earlier, I was stuck, spinning my wheels, with no idea what to do with my life.
Surrounded by these guys that were pulling in hundreds of thousands (and even *gasp* millions) of dollars a year, I wasn’t just out of my league, I was in a completely different world.
Somehow, during one of the breaks, I managed to find myself sitting across from Perry, while people peppered him with questions. I wanted to ask a smart sounding question about business strategy or entrepreneurship, or maybe ask him about the three most important things he learned while scaling to a multi-million dollar business, or maybe something about hiring effectively.
I managed to ask none of those questions. Instead, I squeaked out the one little question that was in my microwaved 23-year-old brain (this is what happens when you’re around brainiacs 100 x smarter than you).
How do you even start?
Perry looked at me for a second before he leaned in and said:
All you really need to do is three things:
- Commit to something
- Put your balls on the line
- Then figure it out
That’s all there is to it.
He leaned back, and continued to answer questions while I just stared at him like you do when someone’s just mentally fried and re-wired your brain.
Commit to something. Put your balls on the line. Then figure it out.
It’s remarkably simple advice, but it changed (and continues to change) how I look at things with my blog, with my business, and with my life.
Three years later, whenever I get stuck, I always go back to that piece of advice.
- When I started a blog
- When I decided I was crazy enough to actually make it own my own
- When I quit my job
- Every time I sign up for a race
- Every time I knock something off the list
The specifics of each project were different, but the outline remained the same:
- Commit to something – anything. It matters less what you do, and more that you do it.
- Put your balls on the line. Blackmail yourself into becoming successful.
- Then figure it out. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is when it’s your balls that are on the line.
None of those steps take anything more than time and a willingness to jump off the bridge, and then figure it out on the way down. This is part of the reason that I think most productivity hacks are B.S., and why you’re much better off learning how to decide instead.
Once you do, put your balls on the line and figure it out.
That’s all there is to it.