Lessons from a Doormat

The Enlightened Entrepreneur

Finally! I bought the doormat! I proudly kept it at my office door. It has taken me a year and a half to decorate my office—but for some reason, I forgot the doormat! It’s the first thing that a visitor sees stepping into an office, yet it has been the last thing on my mind for some reason.

It’s been almost a year since we started out in our new office and things have been going well. People are starting to trust and buy into our products. We are growing slowly but surely.

It’s amazing how we procrastinate things: starting our first website, writing our book, opening our business, waiting for the perfect time and waiting for things to get perfect.

In the planning stage, we didn’t think everything through—definitely not the doormat! When I took the first step in establishing our company—I just put “first things first”—even if it’s imperfect. Even the office itself took a long time to be decorated—and the doormat was not there. It’s amazing how we procrastinate things: starting our first website, writing our book, opening our business, waiting for the perfect time and waiting for things to get perfect. They will never be perfect, and in fact if we wait for that moment, we will never start. Remember, you don’t have to be great to start. But you have to start to be great.

So take your first step—even if there’s no doormat in your doorstep.

Mohamed Shukri – Author, corporate consultant, award winning speaker.

mohd.a.shukri@gmail.com       

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