I was talking to an entrepreneur the other day. He asked me how I first got my business off the ground.
I told him it happened by accident.
I think he thought I was trying to be humble. (I wasn’t.) He tried to reassure me that I was a smart guy and must have had a plan.
Nope. No plan. Not at first anyway.
I told him I didn’t know what I was doing at first. That I could see the challenge right in front of me, but not the one behind it.And when I met the challenge in front of me, it would be replaced by a new challenge. So, I just did that for a few years.
It’s a bit like climbing a hill. You climb one, and when you get to the top, you can see another hill that had been hidden behind the first one. It’s not your fault you didn’t know about the next hill. When you get to the top of the second one, you’ll see the third. Behind that, there’s another one.
Maybe you do that. Maybe keep climbing the hill in front of you, and you end up discovering a wonderful oasis.
How did you know it would be there? You didn’t.
How did you find it? By climbing the hill in front of you.
If you want to become an accidental success, you have to stay in motion.
Forget About Having a Plan
Maybe you’d rather have a plan? I’ll admit that it’s nice to have a plan. It’s comforting and gives you something to focus on.
If you have one, that’s fine. Just don’t be too rigid about it, because everything will NOT go according to plan. Being able to adapt is much more important than having a good plan.
And if you don’t have a plan, that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with having something good happen by accident. It does not diminish you.
You can still get started without a plan.
All you need to do is figure out what that first hill is, and then climb it.
How do you know which direction to go? I bet you already know. When you look at your life, you know where it hurts, and you know what you want.
Just take a step away from something you want less of, or toward something you want more of.
Try it for a month and you’ll probably be on top of the first hill. From there, you’ll be able to see your path.
Do It As An Experiment
The real secret is to treat everything as an experiment.
It takes a little courage to try something without knowing what the outcome will be. But you can’t fail at an experiment, so what do you really have to lose?