Two Great Business Challenges – Getting Started, And Finishing What You Start

There are two great challenges to face on the path to business success.  They are:

Challenge #1 – Getting Started.

Challenge #2 – Finishing what you start.

There are mountains of projects/ideas that got started, and were never finished.  There are other mountains of projects/ideas that never got off the ground.  (I have about a dozen really good books in me that I never have actually started.  I suspect you know the feeling…)

So, to achieve business success, you have to successfully face this simple yet difficult challenge:  getting started.  Here’s what Guy Kawasaki said about it in his book The Art of the Start:  The Time-Tested, Battle Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything.

Talk and bravado are cheap.  Saying you’re willing do something doesn’t mean that you will do it.

The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.

So – what are you waiting for?  What do you need to start?  Now, get started!

And after you have actually started, you can then focus on finishing.

One thought on “Two Great Business Challenges – Getting Started, And Finishing What You Start

  1. Bob Morris

    You have locked in on a very common problem. It appears in various forms. For example, what Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Norton discuss in an HBR article and then in a book, The Knowing-Doing Gap. Here is its first cousin:

    Ready, aim, gather more information
    Ready, aim, gather more information
    Ready, aim, gather more information etc.

    Preparations are still in progress for the 2003 International Conference of Prognosticators.

    Long ago, Darrell Royal expressed it best: “Potential” means “you ain’t done it.”

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