Thursday, July 30, 2009
A public experiment, please help me.
A very public experiment.
I want to write a book. I have a burning desire to help others realize that their dreams are achievable. Unfortunately there are a couple of factors getting in the way. I can't seem to bridge the gap between having an idea and turning it into reality. Like most of us, I have these great ideas that pop into my head all the time. Then life gets in the way and they stay just that, ideas. Also, I know absolutely nothing about writing a book. That actually doesn't really matter to me. Sometimes not knowing "how its done" leads to a better approach. Before I tell you about my very public experiment you need to have some background about how I started my business, National Powersports.
National Powersports started because I had a burning desire to own my own business. I didn't know what type of business I wanted to own, but I knew that my time working for others was over. For over two years I had a hard time sleeping because I could feel the longing to turn this desire into reality, but I just couldn't get the idea clear enough in my head to know what to do. I read business book after business book. I read every magazine related to it that I could, but still I couldn't get the picture clear enough. It was agonizing. Emotionally I knew I had to do this, but in my head I couldn't figure it out.
Then one day I simply placed an ad in the newspaper looking for old motorcycles. The idea was simple, buy a couple bikes on the side, fix them up, then sell them quickly on the internet. I took the first action, even though I wasn't sure where it would lead me. I'm not even sure at that point I knew that this would be the business that I had been searching for. The important thing was that I did something. Sometimes I forget how simple it was. The clarity of what I wanted it to become developed along the way and is the key reason that it has become such a success. National Powersports is so well defined now that I forget that it didn't start that way.
I've got that longing again. Its been tugging at me for about a year. I love National Powersports and what it has become. I am so proud of the group of people that I have working for me and how bright and hardworking they are. The business is doing great and providing a nice livelihood for my family. But life for me isn't about just making money. Its not enough. I don't know why I feel that way, I just do. I see people everywhere underestimating their own worth. I see people living their lives unfulfilled and unsatisfied. Perhaps it is just my giant ego, but I think I can help. I just don't know how yet. I know that the book I write has to be more than an autobiography. Big deal, I started a business. It has to be about the actual steps that I took to change the way I looked at life and how those steps can help others do the same thing. I'm positive that if you have a burning desire to change your life you can.
Again, I find myself in a position of not having the answers yet, but having the burning need. So I am going to take a first step. I know that I have to get in the habit of writing down my thoughts. I am going to start by making a commitment to writing in my blog every single day for a month. Hopefully most of the posts will be about this process, but either way, it will be a commitment to write. I find that I do much better with commitments if I have somebody holding me accountable. Therefore I am asking you to help me. If you can find a couple minutes a day to read what I'm writing and maybe even leave a comment or two I know that I will have a much better chance to succeed with this experiment. If I don't write EVERY day in this blog please hold my feet to the fire and blast me with emails.
I'm about to change my life. Want to help?
Thanks in advance!
Posted by Nathan Sanel at 1:23 PM