If only…

I’m as guilty as the next person of complaining that “if only I had enough money I could start my consultancy”, “if only I wasn’t so damn lazy I’d look as buff as the guy in Men’s Health”, etc. etc. Curt Rosengren’s article Beware the if onlies is one of those annoying pieces of writing that reminds you of something you already know, but have been trying to ignore…

Some time ago I interviewed Erik Weihenmayer, the blind climber who summited Everest back in 2001. He summed it up nicely when he said: “People ask, do you ever get bummed out. No, I don’t get bummed out. I just feel super blessed that I’ve figured out a way to be out there doing what I want to do. And I don’t worry about if I have a harder time doing it than you do, or an easier time. We’re all born with strengths and weaknesses, and you just work with what you have.“So any time you find yourself waving the if only flag, ask yourself, OK, where am I, and what can I do? What small step can I take in the direction I want to take. Starting from today’s reality, what’s it going to take for me to create the life I want.

I read a great article on how Anita Roddick started Bodyshop with very little money and lots of imagination. I doubt the company would’ve risen to where it is today if she had huge amounts of venture capital behind her. I’d love to link to that article, but I can’t find it. Google has failed me! I want a search that I can limit to sites I’ve visited in the past few weeks, then I’d never need to bookmark again.

2005.04.05