The First Step or “How to Start a Minor Panic”

I feel like I’ve been slowly waking up over the last few months. Slowly discovering more about what I want to do with the rest of my life. Yesterday, these feelings culminated in the purchasing of a book.

Now that I think about it, a lot of my feelings tend to result in the purchasing of a book. Huh.

This book was titled: HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS

That’s my plan. I’ve realised that if I really want to do what I want to do, I’ve got to take it for myself and stop waiting for the ‘right opportunity’ to come along.

Here’s the problem though: I read the first chapter (it seemed like a good place to start) and what began as a pleasant exercise in exploring your business idea, considering how viable it is, and taking the first steps in developing a business plan, quickly derailed into sourcing overseas suppliers, contracts, invoices, taxes and insurance.

… couldn’t they have saved some of that for chapter two?

I had to put the book down, have a cup of tea and stare out of the window for a few minutes.

In my mind, starting a business was the equivalent of climbing a small hill, when in fact I should have been thinking more along the lines of Kilimanjaro.


This picture accurately describes how the book made me feel.

It’s tempting to give up right now. It’s temping to let other people go on the quest to steal from the dragon, and for me to stay in the Shire and grow carrots.

(Is it obvious I’m reading the Hobbit at the moment?)

But this is the reason I bought the book. I wanted to learn about what I needed to know to start a small business and I have taken my first step. I’m going to pick up the book again, continue to read and maybe, eventually, I’ll make it to the mountain. Who knows what magic I will find there?

Side note: If the dwarves and Bilbo had read a book on ‘How to Steal from Dragons‘, maybe they would have had an easier time?


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