GROWING A SIDE PROJECT
Growing a side project takes a certain type of mentality. Here’s a few tips on how to get it started and stay focused.
FIND YOUR VILLAGE
Whether you have an idea to sell shoes, build a yoga brand, or create a board game, the best way to ensure progress, is to surround yourself by people who energise you. Find those people who encourage, stimulate and support. After all, “It takes a village to raise a child”.
Everyone seems to be so busy these days. But curiously, there always seems to be time to scroll Instagram or scroll through Netflix channels. Sometimes being busy & tired are symptoms, not causes, of an unfulfilled life - so it can be helpful to reduce the scrolling if it ends up feeling draining.
KNOW THERE IS POWER IN POTENTIAL
Don’t question your ability. So many people have started completely fresh. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or completely new to the field. Everyone has the ability and everyone can benefit from the process of exploring something they’re interested in. Own your potential.
Remember to choose tiny actions over inaction. Coffee shops over duvet days. Sunny walks over closing the blinds. If you’ve ever been woken up by going for a run you’ll know it sometimes takes energy to create energy.
YOU CAN TEACH A DOG NEW TRICKS
Too old to learn a new skill? Too young to start a business? Too unskilled to do illustration? The time never seems right. Today, you may wish you started 5 years ago. In 5 years time, you’ll probably wish you started today.
Roosevelt was right when he said: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”. So much inaction comes from fear. Fear that we’re not good enough. Fear that our idea isn’t bold enough. Fear of not finishing. Fear of what others think. We should be a lot more afraid of fear itself. After all, fear kills more dreams than failure ever could.