WHEN TO PUT THE BOAT IN THE WATER

Oh, how many great ideas have come and gone! I have always been a dreamer and one of those people that can get their mind running about an idea for days, weeks, months, and YEARS! I am also a very analytical person that tends to research pretty much everything to the point where I punch my ideas into submission which is somewhat of a double-edged sword. Sometimes being analytical is great; however, it can also cause you to miss the boat all together if you don’t react and make things happen.

As we all know there is also a very emotional side to dreams and ideas, emotion is what truly drives our creation of goals and brings our ideas to reality, but it can also be what stops us. Fear of failing or being judged can crush our dreams and ideas in an instant. When I look back at my own ideas, the fear of failing has held me back as well….but why?

My son often reminds me of myself, when he gets an idea in his head, he doesn’t let it go. The other day he got this idea in his head that he wanted to build a boat out of wood from Home Depot which I immediately kicked down. I told him, it will never float, where will you take it, there is no time, and the list goes on.

However, when I was a kid one of my best memories was building a boat with my brother out of the materials, we scrapped together from the houses under construction in our neighborhood. We took our boat down to the creek by our house and low and behold it floated; it was awesome! We went down to the creek almost every day till one day it was gone. I remember some old guy yelling at us to get out of the creek one day and the boat was gone soon after. Got to admit it was very upsetting.

What is the moral of the story? I let my own emotion get in the way of allowing my son to pursue his idea…. We go our whole lives with people telling us we can’t do something, we can’t be great, and we will fail. Sometimes there are good intentions, but one thing I have learned in life is don’t let other people’s emotions, fears, and failures prevent you from perusing your dreams, ideas, and most importantly your pursuit to be great. It is like the old saying, “misery loves company.” Oh, how true this is! Negative people will always try to pull you off the mountain because they failed to climb it.

I have had the “coming soon” page posted on Corpballer for a long time…a long time. Now there are some good reasons such as building the site but, in the end, it was negative emotion and fear that kept the “coming soon” posted. The fear of failing is powerful, however not trying is worse because you will never achieve success without trying and in the end, greatness is often built from the learning blocks of past failures and never quitting.

Like the quote from the movie Field of Dreams says, “If you build it, they will come” and in this story, “you will never know if your boat will float if you don’t put it in the water.”

Pete L, Chief Corpballer