Let’s be honest, many of us have a desire to start something, we just haven’t got round to doing it yet for whatever reasons. By ‘start something’, I mean that small project you’ve been dreaming about. It may be the book you want to write, that mini-film you want to shoot or the eBay shop you’ve been going on about for ages. You know, that thing you mention around your friends and they roll their eyes because you’ve been talking about it for so long and have done nothing. If this hits home for you and you’re feeling a little bit guilty, don’t, I know the feeling because I’m also a serial dreamer, non-starter and non-finisher. I dream about side hustles all the time, start some of them and then give up.
But I have improved a bit. Late last year I finally got down to start writing a book I had been thinking about for years and finished the draft of 13,500 words (it’s planned to be a 50 page book) in less than 2 months. I realised that just by writing 500 words a day which takes me about 35 minutes I can write 10,000 words in less than a month. Although the book is not yet published, the fact that I wrote the draft without giving up is a personal accomplishment and has given me a renewed sense of confidence. I do intend to publish the book this year, start and finish more small things, but I also want to learn more about starting and finishing things.
Over the next two months I am embarking on a curation project to identify tools that can support and inspire people to start and complete small side projects. I have identified 13 books I will be going though (see the list below). I want to share the knowledge I gain from these books with you believing it will help you also start and finish things, so welcome to the Start Something Small journey.
- $100 startup – Chris Guillebeau
- The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
- The creative entrepreneur – Isa Maria Seminega
- Turn your talent into business – Emma Jones
- Craft a creative business – Emma Jones
- Business generation model – Alexander Osterwalder
- Start something that matters – Blake Mycoskie
- Anything you want – Derek Sivers
- Build a business from your kitchen table – Sophie Cornish
- Start with why – Simon Sinek
- Born for this – Chris Guillebeau
- Poke the box – Seth Godin