Be the one who does the work…
If not You, who? If not Now, when?
The idea that someone else is more prepared, qualified or equipped is irrelevant. The notion that tomorrow, next week or Jan 1st would make for a better time to start is a ruse. If you’re not going to do it, someone will. If you wait too long, someone else won’t.
Or you could choose to be the person who starts right now. You could choose to step up to the plate and swing the bat while the bases are loaded. If you weren’t the person God has destined to take on this task, wouldn’t the desire to be someone of value be less present? I think you’re as ready as you’ll ever be. As qualified as you need to be. How equipped you are is irrelevant, because you’re never fully ready.
Be the one to get it done. To take on the task and swing the bat while everyone else stays in the dugout. You might certainly miss a few balls, but you get a few chances, remember?
Theodore Roosevelt – The Man In the Arena – April 23, 1910
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”