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What are you waiting for?

In today's episode, I'm diving straight in. I'm diving straight in because I am fired up right now. I just got a message from a new friend of mine, and someone that's been listening to the podcast. And today, she decided to take action on everything that I've been talking about in this podcast. She knew that she wanted to dive into this world, she had a 360 camera, but she didn't know what she was waiting for. And today, she decided to just get up and do it. And this episode I want to dedicate to her.


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Also I want to dedicate to all of you who are still either sitting and waiting for the perfect time to jump in, or to start that project that you really want to do but don't feel like you're good enough to do or, you know, waiting to get the right camera or waiting for the right time to like send that first email or waiting for that first or perfect time to go around and talk to businesses about 360 - whatever it is, I want to say to you, what are you waiting for?


I promise you, it's not as scary as you think. And I promise you that as long as you go into it with the mindset of knowing you're going to be crap at it to begin with, that's the whole point. Just like I was saying in you are going to fail and why you should fail episode. It's, it's going into that into any situation with the mindset of, you know what, I'm going into this and I'm probably going to be a bit shit. And I'm probably not going to know what I'm doing. And I might not be able to get my first paying client like immediately, or I might not be able to make that 360 project look exactly how I want it to look, I might not be able to bring the idea to life that I'm you know, I have it in my head, but I'm going to make baby steps towards it because unless you start you will never ever, ever reach your goal.


So today I want to, I want to ask you, what are you waiting for? What is holding you back? Is it a fear of failure? In which case, let's refer back to that episode, and why you should be failing. And I challenge you to fail. But if it's not that, what else is it? Is it that you've not got time? Is it that you're gonna wake up in five years and be like, It was just never the right time to do it. There's never going to be the right time. We are living through the weirdest times. And as they say, some of the best companies in the world are built during the most adverse times in society. So there will never be the right time, my friend. So you just got to do it. Baby steps, baby steps. Write a list of like, if it's like a big project. Are you trying to go too big soon do you need to like scale it down? In which case think about that idea, what's the ultimate goal? And then think about, okay, if this was simple, what would it look like? What would that first step look like? So for me right now, the big kind of, like thing that I'm like battling against is how on earth are we going to achieve what I want to achieve with this drama, this VR drama that we're kind of working on? How on earth are we going to achieve it? And I think of everything, all the millions of moving parts that will have to happen to make this happen. But you know what - it all starts with me, redrafting the script, or me having a conversation with my producer about updating the budget so that I know how much extra money we need to go after. Or it's having a conversation with my DP about her visual aesthetic dreams for the piece. Or maybe it's the fact that I'm just, you know, I'm in a place where I need to be re energised, I need to inspire myself. So maybe my first step is to go and look at some other inspiring short films or even just shows that I'm watching. Like, maybe the next step is pinpointing what inspires me.


I have a lot, I made a playlist on Spotify the other month, called I think it's literally just called cinematic playlist. And it's basically every time I come across a song that puts me in that headspace where I'm just like, I can just imagine myself there in the film. I can imagine a scene playing out, you know, those kind of songs. I just made like a playlist so that every time I'm in a space where I just need to get inspired. I need to be in that cinematic headspace. I need to. I listen to those songs a lot when I'm about to go into script writing because they just instantly put me in that space. Music inspires me a lot, so that's what I do and so step one is complete and now we're making progress. And now I'm getting excited again. And now I'm making baby steps.


One in the my favourite YouTube videos that I ever saw was of Will Smith (you know how you see those, like sometimes a bit corny, and motivational, like compilations of people?) well, Will Smith is one of those characters where I didn't really know much about him until I started kind of getting these videos recommended. And because he in himself is a just savage entrepreneur, and he's very passionate, and he's very good at what he does, but he's also a very light he's got very interesting and big, powerful kind of views on life and the way he lives his life. And he tells the story, which is a very cliche story, but it's powerful in that he talks about having to think about building a whole wall and feeling overwhelmed and I think he talks about the fact that him and his brother, maybe we're building this wall, his dad wanted them to build a wall. And, and you know, it all starts with that single brick. And I know that's cheesy, but you know, it's simple to put a brick down. It's less simple to change your life or change your career or do something that is so totally outside your comfort zone. But not really - it's kind of the same thing. I promise you, it's kind of the same thing. And taking that first step, you will be so proud of yourself that the motivation from doing that first step will carry you forward. And if you start, if it's like a business context, and you're having to talk to other people and you start getting rejection, that will almost make you more want to kind of keep going because the adversity, the rejection like will fuel you. You'll be like, I'll fucking show you. Yeah, that's a terrible attitude to have. But sometimes I do think like that. So I'm just owning that. I'm not saying that's necessarily the most healthy way to think about things, but a good old chip on the shoulder.


I mean, that's one thing that Gary Vee talks about all the time, the whole the adversity thing fuelling him. There has been several contracts and several things. I didn't talk about this enough, but there have been several times that I've had quite life, earth shattering rejections that completely uprooted my life and changed everything. I'm not had one of them for a while but I have rejections all the time. I get overlooked for contracts all the time. I get you know, rejections just like everyone else. And you know why it just makes me more determined because I just think, well, you're loss because I'm fucking great.


So, what are you waiting for? What are you waiting for ? Go and do something today. Today. You If you're listening to this at midnight in bed, writing a list on your phone about what it is you're going to do tomorrow, just one thing, baby steps, just one thing, one small, achievable thing, it doesn't have to be big like I'm going to make 500 pounds so that I can go out and buy a new camera. Think baby steps, I'm going to write that email to that person, or I'm going to research the estate agents in my area. Or I'm going to go and go into some local businesses to see if I can take some photos, or I'm just going to go out and practice with my camera. Or I'm going to write the first page of my script, or I'm going to reach out and have a conversation with that person I really admire and want to work with but I've been too scared to reach out. Or I'm going to post that photo or video on social media because I want to be a content creator.


You get the point, right? Take that first step. I promise you, I promise you, you will be so glad you did. You will be so glad you did. And you'll be proud of yourself because in five years time, you'll think wow, imagine if I hadn't started. Because the thing with all of this, it will be one of those things where when you do it, you go, why didn't I do this sooner?


So thank you so much, to the person who messaged me, who got me fired up to do this episode. You know who you are. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of all of you listening for even the fact that you're listening, it means that you're open and you're excited about this. And it's something that you are curious about and you are wanting to do but now I challenge you stop listening. Go and do tomorrow. Tonight. Do something. In fact, I want you to message me. I want you to message me to let me know what you're going to do? Tell me what your next step is, and I will hold you accountable. I'm pretty good at replying to most of my messages but I promise you, if you send me what you want to do what your first step is, I will hold you accountable that is a guarantee.


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