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Here’s A Little Secret. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing.

And Neither Does Anyone Else

  • Justin Zoradi
Here’s A Little Secret. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing.

The greatest advice I ever received was from three dear friends in the winter of 2007.

I was caught in a whirlwind of fear trying to start an organization from the couch of my apartment. My only business skills were the C minus I stumbled through in a college economics class.

My friends sat me down and said this:

“Fake it till you make it. Throw the wings on the plane as it’s going down the runway.” (Click to Tweet)


I’ll never forget that moment.

And 5 years later, in many ways, we’re still flying without wings.

This is the big secret held by successful artists, visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Very few of us had any idea what we were doing. Many of us still don’t.

And that’s totally ok.


The stuff I hear most often are excuses from talented people who don’t think they have the creative ability to live a life with great purpose. They say they don’t have the vision or the work ethic. They haven’t received their “calling” written in permanent marker on the bathroom mirror. They focus on their past to purposely sabotage their future.

But the truth is this: They are simply too scared to start.


And that’s what separates those who make it and those who don’t. The ones who make it have the courage to open the door, sit in the driver’s seat, and start the ignition.

So here’s a tip. And it’s the suggestion I give most often.

30 minutes a day.


Carve out 30 minutes every day to do creative work that plays to your greatest strengths and deepest desires.

Block off the time on your calendar and do one or more of these things:

Write
Read
Pray
Vision-cast
Create
Talk on the phone
Record
Practice
Run
Organize
Volunteer
Build

30 minutes a day of dedicated work to the thing you know makes your heart skip a beat.

What will happen will amaze you. You’ll stumble through the first few. But by week two you’ll hit your stride. You’ll look forward to those 30 minutes. They will be a time of both energy and peace. Those 30 minutes will begin to inform your entire day.

Whether or not those 30 minutes becomes something more is irrelevant. You’ll figure that out later. Set the kitchen timer. Fake it till you make it.

-JZ

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Abhiomkar Photography




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Comments (19)

  • Jessica Lyszyk

    Jessica Lyszyk

    25 July 2012 at 18:23 |
    This is the truth I've needed to hear. I'm trying to push myself into writing again and keep putting it off with excuses usually focused around my son. I need to start pushing myself, even if I don't know where it's going. I read an article the other day that the only way to inspire your children to follow their dreams is for the child to have parents who follow their dreams. Here's to faking it until we make it! :)
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      25 July 2012 at 19:18 |
      Awesome Jessica. Very cool. Just start getting 30 min a day going. And yes, you will inspire your son in the process!
  • Melanie Glass

    Melanie Glass

    25 July 2012 at 18:33 |
    Ahhh!! Yes yes yes yes yes yes YES. I think I have told you before, but the "showing up to work everyday" mantra is probably one of the best things you taught me. Thanks for the reminder! ALSO "They focus on their past to purposely sabotage their future."
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    25 July 2012 at 18:39 |
    Thanks Mel. Glad this was helpful. Yes, it's all about showing up. Eventually the work gets done. And yes, don't let your past sabotage your future.
  • Rose Kahendi

    Rose Kahendi

    25 July 2012 at 18:59 |
    Excellent advice. I'm glad to say I'm already following it. It helps keep me sane. :D
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      25 July 2012 at 19:19 |
      Great stuff Rose. Happy to hear it!
  • Allie Marie Smith

    Allie Marie Smith

    25 July 2012 at 22:08 |
    I so needed this today! Thank you Justin! I always admit that I have no idea what I'm doing and am relieved you admit the same! I love your tip to take 30 minutes for creative play/rejuvenation. I'm definitely going to take you up on that advice!
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    26 July 2012 at 02:14 |
    Thank you Allie! Glad it was helpful. yes, try the 30 min tip and let me know how it goes.
  • Larry J Rutledge

    Larry J Rutledge

    30 July 2012 at 22:54 |
    Ugh! I really need you to stop convicting me of my negligence and sloth. :)

    This is a great reminder. I like the "fake it until you make it" philosophy. I have used it throughout most of my life and people are often amazed to find out the things I'm going through, because I maintain a smile and positive attitude regardless. I choose to act happy until I am happy .. and what I find is that doing this, I usually make it to "happy" quicker than I expect.

    That said, I am taking the tip as a personal challenge. You have said this to me once before and it was starting to sink in, so this is a good follow up "kick in the pants".

    I am about to join some people in an annual challenge, it's called the 30-day challenge. And basically you commit to do something for the 30 days you don't otherwise do. Some choose to workout, some choose to diet, some choose to write, some choose to do good deeds, etc. Basically like a new years resolution but with a marked time frame and fellow challengers to encourage you along the way. Something you want to do/change, but otherwise are not fully motivated to do so.

    It will be for the month of August (I know, there are 31 days...you get a slack day). My choice for this year is to do your 30-minute tip, and to use that as a time to write. 30 minutes a day, for 30(31) days I will write ... doesn't matter what I write, doesn't matter if its any good, doesn't matter if it all gets thrown in the trash after. But I will write. For 30 minutes I will write.

    I hope this will parlay into the reviving of my blog and the return to work on both my book and film scripts.

    They say that to establish a habit you need to do the thing consistently for 21 days. So hopefully this will be the beginning of something good.

    "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV)
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    30 July 2012 at 23:17 |
    Great stuff Larry. 30 minutes for 30 days. Love it. Keep me updated on how it goes.
  • Ebony Adedayo

    Ebony Adedayo

    12 August 2012 at 00:26 |
    Fake it til you make it - Absolutely love this!
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      13 August 2012 at 19:28 |
      Thanks Ebony!
  • Kellie

    Kellie

    27 November 2012 at 04:50 |
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed this so much! I work a job I do not like (type of job...at least I adore my co workers) and I feel like I'm in a rut of going to work...making dinner..and veging out in front of the tv out of pure exhaustion before I hit the hay. I often tell myself that although I would love to get back to writing or photography...I'm just too tired and I dobt have the time. But I have no excuse. I can cut out 30 minutes of tv to do what truly inspires me. I just needed a kick in the butt :)
  • Kellie

    Kellie

    27 November 2012 at 04:50 |
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed this so much! I work a job I do not like (type of job...at least I adore my co workers) and I feel like I'm in a rut of going to work...making dinner..and veging out in front of the tv out of pure exhaustion before I hit the hay. I often tell myself that although I would love to get back to writing or photography...I'm just too tired and I dobt have the time. But I have no excuse. I can cut out 30 minutes of tv to do what truly inspires me. I just needed a kick in the butt :)
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      02 September 2013 at 18:04 |
      Thanks for reading Kellie!
  • Kellie

    Kellie

    27 November 2012 at 04:51 |
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed this so much! I work a job I do not like (type of job...at least I adore my co workers) and I feel like I'm in a rut of going to work...making dinner..and veging out in front of the tv out of pure exhaustion before I hit the hay. I often tell myself that although I would love to get back to writing or photography...I'm just too tired and I dobt have the time. But I have no excuse. I can cut out 30 minutes of tv to do what truly inspires me. I just needed a kick in the butt :)
  • Arlen Miller

    Arlen Miller

    02 September 2013 at 18:02 |
    Love it man. My first visit to your site, Mr. Justin. I came here from seeing your profile on Storyline speaker lineup. I like the post. It's encouraging. Thank you! Thanks for hanging tough for 5 years! Amazing stuff!
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    02 September 2013 at 18:08 |
    Thanks for finding my site Arlen! Appreciate it. Hope we can be in touch.
    • Arlen Miller

      Arlen Miller

      02 September 2013 at 18:25 |
      Amazing. That was quick. Impressed! You're alive and well. :) I'll be back!

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