You could wait for approval, funding, experience, permission, buy-in, blessings, team members, diploma, domain name, logo, website, business cards, new clothes, new car, or a haircut — or you could go ahead without it.
Seth Godin calls it “waiting to be picked”.
It’s when you’re waiting to be chosen by somebody you perceive to be an expert in a field. You wait for the tap on the shoulder and a contract saying that you’re good enough to start moving down the path you could have started down long ago.
- Musicians waiting for contracts from record labels.
- Authors waiting for publishing houses.
- Reporters waiting for broadcast companies, newspapers, or magazines.
- Actors waiting for movie studios or Broadway producers.
If you’re a musician, you make music.
You don’t need anyone’s permission of seal of approval to create your music and put it out into the world.
If you’re a writer, you write.
You don’t need a publishing deal to write your book or a studio contract to write a script.
You have so many incredible publishing and production tools at your disposal that it would be a shame if you were waiting for permission rather than making the choice to go ahead and put these tools into action.
Producing podcasts on sites like Transistor to book publishing on Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform and music distribution via Disc Makers where you can not only get traditional CDs manufactured, but they will also help you with digital music rights on sites like Spotify and iTunes — there is not shortage of tools you can use.
And no excuse not to start doing instead of waiting.