time to act

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The other day I came across one of the singularly most annoying terms, describing one of the most singularly most annoying of modern-day traits. ‘Wantrapreneur’ apparently refers to the individual (for that is what we all are these days) who is constantly banging-on about the start-ups they’re going to launch – “like Uber but using tandems, or just a sturdy crossbar” – without ever actually putting in the pedal-power to get it out of the metaphorical lay-by. And don’t for one second think this phenomena remains grounded in the tech space as you can look around and identify how many of your pals are ‘working on’ a novel, or a screenplay, ‘developing’ a home-based artisan bakery, or ‘nurturing’ a dream micro-brewery from their leaky lean-to.

Today’s hyper busy-busy world means that we spend way so much time thinking, or picturing as modern parlance would have it, about how awesome the project is going to be, that we never actually crack-on with doing it. And the more fabulous, more liberating, fulfilling and rewarding these pictures become in our mind, the more difficult, the more daunting, it becomes to actually turn them into reality.

For me the key is taking a decision. Not a decision to have an idea in the first place, or to contemplate how something may look & take shape, but a decision to do it. A decision to take an action, be it to resign and write the first sentence, buy your first home-brewing kit or rub the rust off the crossbar so it doesn’t stain your first passenger’s knickers. Actions are the ripples in the pond, and enough ripples means you could have a tsunami on your hands.

Working for a tech start-up in the donations and rewards space, I see this procrastination to take a decision and let the action do the talking, every single day. Universally we all realise that showing appreciation for an act of kindness, or as a reward for great content or service is the right thing to do, it’s both morally right, serves a great purpose and is happiness inducing all round. What’s not to like about being the good Samaritan when everyone’s a winner! How many times have we all intended to respond to Wikipedia’s donations requests, wanted to chip a few coppers to the beggar under the archway or complete the RSPCA’s online form, but then done nothing about them? Guilty as charged your honour. Spiritualist Joseph Gardner needs to sit on our shoulder and remind us that we need to do the generous things we encounter, straight away, without delay and before any doubts or counter-arguments pop into our mind. I sincerely believe that most of us don’t need to be kinder individuals, we just need to be better at the part where we do something about it. Actions, not words.