I remember sitting in a sixth-grade social studies class with the other football players driving our teacher crazy with “What if” questions.
“What if Germany had won WWII?”
“What if China invaded us today?”
The questions went on and on.
He finally threw up his hands and …well you get the idea.
How many times have we talked ourselves out of doing something productive with “What if” questions?
What if nobody likes my idea?
What if nobody appreciates what I do?
What if people make fun of me?
What if others think I’m stupid?
I’ve asked that one many times myself and no you don’t need to send me an email to confirm the answer.
There’s nothing wrong with looking at ideas from all angles before implementing them.
That’s actually quite commendable.
But more often than not, we sabotage our own success by talking ourselves out of a good idea because we’ve asked one too many “What if” questions.
What if Columbus hadn’t sailed the ocean blue in 1492?
What if Marco Polo had stayed home?
What if George Washington had refused to serve as the first president?
What if Steve Jobs had given up after the first apple computer had failed to meet his expectations?
What if your parents had never met?
There are some things that we will never know the answer to.
However, what I can tell you is that you will never accomplish anything if you sit around asking “What if?”
Life is short.
Yet there are so many things that still need to be accomplished.
Someone needs to cure cancer.
Someone needs to solve the deficit.
Someone needs to find the answer for baldness.
Someone needs to invent the perfect zero calorie meal.
Someone needs to find a real alternative energy source.
This list could go on into infinity.
Someone has to do it.
Someone has to roll up their sleeves and come up with some solutions.
Someone needs to take a chance.
Someone needs to dare to be the one.
What if that someone is you?