Take action | Start Where you are. Use what you have. Do what you Can.

by Jayne Kopp on November 19, 2010

Start Where You Are
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. (Arthur Ashe quote).

In other words take action! This has to be one of the most common sense, yet simple quotes; one that I passionately feel should be at the forefront of your mind if you are in a position of truly wish to make some changes.

Over the course of the last three years (close enough) I’ve had a number of conversations with people looking to do ‘something’ online, but due to lack of experience, perhaps lack of confidence have never had the gumption to take the bull by the horns and take action.

The fact is that making changes, regardless of ‘what the change is, entails experiencing something brand new!

For example: Have you ever applied for a new position at work? If so, there’s a pretty good change you have NEVER done anything like it before. Yet you go into it as a babe in the woods, learn the skills and in most cases go on to grow into the position almost as if it were second nature.

If that analogy isn’t good enough… how about learning a dance routine? It would be easy to make excuses and say, ‘oh I can’t dance, I’ve never performed before, don’t think I could learn the steps”.

The reality is, you would start training, become more in tune, in shape, more familiar with your body and your abilities, and eventually, you would reach the point where the challenge was not as exhausting and you’d likely put on a pretty good show!.

Ok… maybe not the best analogy… but enough to get the message across!

What is important to keep at the forefront of your mind, is that in order to create any type of change, whether it’s starting a business in online marketing, training for a new position, or learning any new skill, in order to get to where you want to be it is crucial you take action to make any changes at all.

Taking action does not mean you have to take ‘perfect action’… just DO SOMETHING! Make a start, you will improve. Things get easier with practice and familiarity.

The world is constantly changing. There are always things to learn, things to polish, things to improve upon, but nothing will ever change if you’re a sitting duck.

Stop making excuses. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. For goodness sake, take action towards your goals!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert David Strong November 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hi Jayne,

You nailed this post by letting people that they need to do something, anything but definitly not nothing! We have all been at the beginning stage of this industry and the one thing that really sets the successful people apart from the masses are the actions that they take every single day.

I was new to this industry a year ago and had no clue what I was doing, but over time you learn more and by taking more actions, you learn even more.

If people are starting a blog and are wanting to build traffic back to it, something as simple as what I am doing right this second will work. Commenting on blogs not only helps other people and drive traffic for them but it also provides a back link to your site or blog. Taking one hour a day and commenting on 10-20 blogs could add another 1-20 links back to your site. Links are like votes, the more votes means you are more popular, more popular means more traffic. It is not hard, but it is an action that is effective and free and it builds relationships with so many different people! Thank you for sharing, looking forward to hearing more!


Jayne Kopp November 29, 2010 at 10:52 am

Hey Robert, how nice of you to pop by and leave an encouraging comment. You know, the one thing that drives me crazy about people who want to make these kinds of changes, is that it’s really NOT difficult. It’s simply a matter of ‘doing it’… and as humans we tend to over-analyze and not do a blasted thing! The reality is … it’s simple. Just buckle down and do ‘something’… even a small thing can make incredible changes. Just like you said, commenting on other people’s blog is great for making friends and interacting. The other huge perk where commenting is concerned, is we usually comment on the blogs where we find value, first and foremost. The residual benefits are that we always learn something from these blogs, whether it be getting ideas or learning new tips… which is naturally why we choose to comment in the first place. Thanks so much Robert, I look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards, Jayne


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