This is a guest post from Welly Mulia, a blogger who’s mission is to help people who are just starting their journey towards making money online.
There’s a saying that says “Too much analysis leads to action paralysis”. What do you think? Do you agree with that statement? A while back (about 2 years ago) I wrote a post on my blog talking about how this famous local businessman in my country thinks that “stupid” people succeed faster than “smart” people.
Stupid People VS. Smart People
The reasoning behind this is simple: Smart people are very knowledgeable and have a lot of information at their disposal. While this is good in many cases, ironically this is also the exact reason they tend to over analyze situations and problems and result in inactivity. Countless “what if” questions start popping out from their mind and eventually this leads to action paralysis.
Compare this with “stupid” people – people who are far less knowledgeable than “smart” people. Because these “stupid” people don’t over analyze (due to their limited knowledge), they are more likely to just do it and “take risks”, so to speak. They don’t really mind failing – if they fail; they stand up and try again using other methods.
Better To Do Something
It’s better to do SOMETHING (even though you might fail) than not to do anything at all (action paralysis). If you do something, you might fail or you might succeed (50% chance). If you don’t do anything (because you are afraid of failing), you won’t get anything (0% chance).
No action = no results.
Even if you tried something and it does not work out, use reframing techniques to reinforce your mind that you have NOT failed. What you did is you discovered a way that did not work, which ultimately brings you one step closer to your success. You only need to find ONE method that works which will lead to your success.
When we are born into this world, we can’t walk. So we try to crawl first. And when we are just starting to learn to walk, we stand up only to fall again. Does that mean that we have failed? And that we should give up trying to walk altogether?
Of course not! If we were to do that, we’d never be able to walk, EVER!
The Method That Didn’t Work
Each time we fall, we discover one method that didn’t work. So the next time we try a DIFFERENT method to find ONE that works.
I see A LOT of people saying they want to do online business but they don’t do anything, or they did something but because it didn’t work out for them so they gave up.
Some 2 years ago, I read a forum post where this guy said that he has been spending 1.5 years creating his “perfect” info product but it’s still not completed yet. He wants his product to be perfect before launching it to the market.
This guy is SERIOUSLY over-analyzing too much. There is no product out there that is perfect. It’s much better to just do a good job (no need for perfection because it can’t be attained anyway) and then release the product, then over time gathers user feedback and improve along the way, than to try creating the perfect product.
I bet as of today, this guy’s product is still not complete yet…
Don’t be like him. Stop over-analyzing and over-complicating things and just do what need to be done in your business (of course you still need to do some planning, but not too much). Accept the fact that you can’t be perfect and mistakes are bound to be committed. Learn from your mistakes, don’t repeat them again, and you’ll become better as you gain more experience.
Business is built one SMALL step at a time; just like the saying “Rome was not built in one day”.
NOTE: Welly Mulia also provides an interesting no cost Cheat Sheet which introduces you to the the world of making money on the internet.