A while back the always lovely, and ever vulgar Ashley Ambirge from The Middle Finger Project wrote this: “Being prepared and being ready are two different things. F*** the first. Run with the second. Preparedness comes w/ experience – never before.” – Ashley Ambirge
It got quite a few re-tweets and agreements, and while we think Ashley is awesome, we completely disagree. Sorry Ash.
Being prepared and being ready are two different things. You can be prepared as all get out, but, if you’re doing things that matter, things that push your limits, things that are seemingly impossible, it doesn’t matter what you ever do. You’ll never be ready. That’s why so many people don’t end up doing great things. They’re not ready…and they let that stop them.
Not being ready, isn’t a problem. It means you’re human. No one is ever ready to do something impossible. It’s way too scary, way too difficult and way too far out of your comfort zone to be “ready for”.
You can prepare as much as you want, but you will never, ever be ready to do anything that is significantly difficult enough to be worth your time and dedication to doing.
If you’re doing it right, you should never be doing something you’re “ready” to do. Sure, you might do your homework, maybe do some research and have an idea of what you’re getting into, but you’ll never be ready.
Because you’ll run into situations you’ve never, ever could have imagined. You’ll realize:
- Your homework is just scratching the surface.
- Your research isn’t relevant.
- You have no idea what you got yourself into.
It doesn’t matter. None of it matters. We’ll never be ready if we keep waiting for the perfect time to come – Mat Kearney
You’ll never be ready, if you keep waiting for the perfect time to come. Because it won’t. Ever. Never. Never ever ever. Never ever ever ever. You’ll keep waiting and waiting and waiting until you die, when all you really need to do is start. Just start.
When you’re ready to jump off a bridge, at a certain point, you’re prepared as much as you can. You’ve got your harness on, you’ve checked & double checked your connections, and all you have to do is jump and figure out things on the way down.
Things will go wrong. You’ll jump out of a plane, think you’re strapped into your tandem instructor perfectly find andyour goggles will fly off your face and you’ll look like an idiot. But don’t let that stop you from jumping.
You won’t be ready. You’ll never be ready. Something will go wrong. Do it anyways. Prepare. Jump. React. Figure it out on the way down because you’ll never be ready at the top of the bridge.
You can prepare as much as you want, but you won’t be ready to do the impossible until you decide to actually do it. None of us are. It doesn’t matter. Do it anyways.
Oh, and if you are ready for whatever it is you’re about to do, maybe you need to think twice about what you’re doing and take things to the next level.
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