You Don’t Have to Be the Best. You Just Have to Start.


There are so many people hesitating on their goals.

In basketball, they call it a pump-fake — the attempt of shooting the ball without letting it go. 

Now, in hoops, this move is used to throw the defender off balance.

To force her out of position or in the air so you may advance, and eventually score.

But in the arenas of creativity and life, many of us pump-fake only to fake ourselves out.

That is, we tell ourselves something, then do something contrary. Or we don’t follow-through.

Then, we think to ourselves, “at least I’m out here with the ball in my hands.” 

At least I got a jersey on.”

But here’s some reality for you: There’s no participation trophy for thinking about starting a business.

Or thinking about writing a book.

Or hoping to do an open mic.

You haven’t done anything until you take a shot.

Everyone expects to be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant before even shooting a basketball.

But why even put that kind of pressure on yourself?

Lower the Barrier of Entry

Look, the great news is, you don’t even have to be that great.

You don’t even have to be the best at what you do.

You just have to have the persistence and will to want to be better than you are now.

You just have to keep shooting.

How often are you willing to shoot?

Some of us get gun-shy after a few bricks.


Because we start to get in our own heads.

Things don’t pan out the way that we’ve mapped out in our minds.

Play Your Position

I’ll tell you though, that unrealism paralyzes many people from just getting started.

Everything has to be in place perfectly, blemish-free before they even step foot on the court. This is the most illogical approach ever. Because you tell yourself you’re a failure based on things out of your control before you even make an attempt. You don’t have to be the best to play this sport, you just have to be willing to get better at playing Your position. If you do that, you will always have a spot.

Keep Doing the Work

If I worried about typos and mistakes, I’d never write another word.

Instead, I’ve found a way to make what I have to say more important than the structure of it.

The communication won’t always be fluid.

But please believe, if I do this long enough, I will become better and better at it.

So there it is, you have to be more motivated by the art (by the will to do it), then the tactic or approach. Because if you sit there and toil over how you’re going to keep things in place, they will fall apart as soon as you start caring too much about them. Don’t care about anything more than you care about the message.

Handle yours.

You will figure out the rest in time if you continue to show up.

Photo by Pana Vasquez on Unsplash

I am an author, traveler, and lover of all plantains.