The Timing is Never Perfect!

Sometimes events can push us to start the thing that we were meant to do, even though we would never have chosen the timing.. It is frequently not a well thought out and scripted plan. I ran into another example of this a couple of weeks ago.

I was in Phoenix for a company meeting. The speaker for one of our afternoon sessions happened to join us for dinner that evening. He and I sat at the same table and I was able to ask him some questions about his business. These kind of stories fascinate me.

He started his business in the mid-80’s when he lost his job working for a large petroleum company. Since he had a family to provide for, he decided to use his knowledge and experience and go into business for himself. He became a distributor and eventually a manufacturer of specialized equipment that keeps metal from corroding. Today he gives seminars, is a consultant and runs a thriving company. He has invented and sold useful products and he is proud of the fact that his equipment is keeping people safe. His devices are even preventing corrosion on two historic ships in Virginia and New Jersey!

The point of all this is that sometimes failure or tragedy are necessary for good things to happen. Many times people say that being laid off or fired was the best thing that ever happened to them. Why? Maybe it was the necessary motivation to get them started on the thing that they were meant to do all along.  Here are some things to remember:

  • Rarely is there a “perfect” time to get started. As William Shakespeare said, “…some have greatness thrust upon them”. We don’t always get to pick the time, the events or the environment.
  • Rarely are things “perfect” from the start. You will need to improve as you go. Don’t expect your new venture, your first blog, your new manuscript or your young business to be flawless from the start. And don’t let this keep you from starting. Just recognize that things will be rough at first, but with time and attention, you will develop a valuable product.
  • When you do start, you will be presented with many opportunities. This is the exciting part of going into business. The act itself begins to bring new challenges and with those challenges come the opportunity to create income. The business owner that I met in Phoenix was able to respond to several challenges that opened up new markets and new sources of income. When he was called on to solve corrosion problems for people, he discovered new buyers for his equipment and new sources of revenue.
  • If you wait to get started, you may never experience the rewards. This business owner told me how he put on an annual two-day cowboy cookout and how he invited military service members to attend. When people take the risk to start their own venture, or to put their dream into action, it frequently provides a brighter financial future for them. This makes it possible to give generously. I have witnessed the generosity of successful people and it inspires me!

So what are you going to do? The timing will rarely be perfect. Are you going through a rough patch? Have you found yourself out of work? Don’t wait for ideal conditions or timing. Just give it a try.  As Winston Churchill said, perhaps this will be your “finest hour!”

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!