You know that idea kicking around in your head? What are you waiting for? If it seems scary or overwhelming, start with baby steps. With each experiment, you’ll learn more about what you love. You’ll also discover what you need to make your ideas real.
1. Make yourself a little uncomfortable We all need a warm-up before we do something completely new. You can practice by doing something familiar in a different way. Have coffee with a passing acquaintance from work or switch up your usual commute.
2. Do research to gain confidence Knowledge is power, so get all the information you can beforehand. Research people and companies on Linkedin.com. Google for studies and statistics. Ask your librarian.
3. Learn from the best Find an expert in the area you want to learn about. Request an “information interview.” Ask them how they got there, what challenges they faced and why they do it. Shadowing them for a day lets you put yourself in their shoes to see how they fit.
4. Give everything a whirl If you don’t know what to try, try a little bit of everything. Intern, volunteer, travel, help a friend open a business. Experiment first and analyze second.
5. Spread the word Talk about what you’re up to. You'll find that people have tips to share from their own experience, which can help you avoid common pitfalls.
Ask Yourself What’s the worst that could happen if I try something new? Who do I know who could help me try something new? If I could do anything in the world right now, what would it be?
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