It’s making me giggle writing this blog post. This latest bucket list project feels a bit absurd. I’m so in over my head.
In my personal life (definitely not work life), I have a tendency to favor action over research and just jump into things, and learn as I go. Which is funny, because I used to over-research, take 20 different classes and struggle to execute, paralyzed by an exacting standard. I guess I’ve gone through a 180.
I’d argue it’s an unexpected gift that came from becoming a parent, and the resultant focus on just get shit done – I don’t have time anymore to luxuriously peruse, project plan, build and then roll out projects casually. The energy around projects whilst a parent is DECIDE. EXECUTE. ADJUST. BE PREPARED TO FAIL. There’s lots of fails as a parent, so fails have lost their “scary edge.”
Looking back over the years of bucket list items and personal goals, I’d rather be in a place of taking action, making mistakes and learning – than being caught up in over-planning, over-researching and over-thinking. I’ve been there. I know what it is like to be held captive by your own perfectionist standards, procrastination and fear to fail.
So this led me to launching a half-baked project – I got into Kickstarter without even knowing what I was getting into. I just thought it would be fun to try out getting some funding for a childrens’ book I am working on.
Don’t get me wrong, the children’s book is WELL-DONE. It’s almost done actually. We are in the final stages of imaging. It’s a children’s book where a little girl gets to explore five magical fantasy landscapes featuring mystical animals and beings with magical powers. There are some gorgeous values and character strengths woven into the story, which encourages each child to take their imagination onward with them, the rest of their lives. Kintara is a world each child can return to if they close their eyes. The magic passed on from the queens of each world is magic each child already has inside of them. Each image is derived from a recurring dream I’ve had since childhood.
(Here is one of the worlds in “development” stage)
I’m literally just trying out the Kickstarter part for the “funds” component of this project – it’s a cherry on top of something that would go ahead anyways. So the nice part is that I have a bit of “gentle irreverence” as to the success of the campaign.
Exciting, no? As I read more on Kickstarter campaigning, I realized holy shit, there’s a lot I didn’t know about when I launched this. But sometimes ignorance is bliss. Had I read about all of the tips, tricks and “successful Kickstarter campaign checklists” out there on the web, I may have become overwhelmed and not even launched.
I really, really like drawing diagrams – I think in my past life, I was a sports coach, so let me put one up here for you.
I think people can have success by preparing and launching with a great, sound plan. But there’s also hard-won success, but just getting started, making mistakes, floundering and then adjusting as you go.
YOU CAN GET TO SUCCESS BY PREPARATION AND NOT MAKING MISTAKES.
YOU CAN GET TO SUCCESS BY UNDER PREPARATION AND FAILURES.
It’s just that one feels much more comfortable than the other.
There are SO MANY PEOPLE who want you to buy their courses, take their webinars and let them teach you how to prepare and do things right. Everyone wants to do this route instead, it’s easier, so there is demand. People pay good money for these courses, and people make a good living “coaching” people on how to prepare and be successful.
The thing is though, you can be successful by making mistakes. It is a hell of a lot less comfortable, it’s a longer road, but your knowledge is going to be hard won.
See? There’s two routes below.
Route A takes longer (the pink route, it’s filled with time, mistakes, barriers and deep learning. That’s the route I am taking with my Kickstarter.)
Route B is much faster (the red route.) You work with a coach, take a course, learn from others’ mistakes, shortcut many of those mistakes, spend less time getting to your goal. It’s a lot smarter on a lot of levels.
Actually, looking at this, now I begin to wonder, why AM I taking Route A? I think it’s simply because I like learning and am using this Kickstarter as a learning experience. I don’t see challenges or failure as a bad thing.
I follow a lot of entrepreneur / business / coaching groups on linked in, Facebook and the web. There are amazing groups out there. I am a particular fan of Kimra Luna’s Freedom Hackers group.
I do still believe that the single biggest thing everyone struggles with is the action part. People take endless courses. They are afraid to fail. They try to make their plans bulletproof. I could have easily spent 6 months reading up on Kickstarter.
So here I am, realizing how much I did not know when I launched my Kickstarter, wondering why the hell I did this half-baked plan. But I’m also excited for the brilliant learning experience and opportunity to really JUMP into it and learn fast.
I’m already making all of the mistakes that all of the courses say they will prevent you from making.
And that’s okay. I’m learning. Fast. It’s fun.