How may times have we come across a product we felt we should have invented (hello, coffee sleeve), or read a book we were confident we could have written better (I'm looking at you Fifty Shades of Grey)? How many YouTube videos have we seen where someone is monetizing on something as silly as having uploaded a video of their fireplace, or read about a piece of art we could have painted selling for millions of dollars? I’ve come across numerous, successful business ideas where I found myself thinking, ‘I could do that.’ Except, I didn't.
Think you can do it? Then do it. Think you can do it better? Then do it better. The most important part being to do it. Eliminate the word "should" from your life. We spend so much of our lives talking about the things we want to do and places we want to go when we could be spending that time actually doing it. “I should put together a business plan,” "I should join a gym," “I should plan that trip to Europe,” “I should write more,” etc. You will always find numerous reasons why you can’t do something. Absent winning the lottery, there will always be something going on in your life, and even then, there are so many situations you can’t just throw money at to fix. So stop "should"-ing and just do it like a mother fucking boss.
I realize oftentimes the idea of something is a lot more appealing than the actual implementation of it. A lifelong dreamer, grandiose ideas have always taken a front seat to the boring details. No one wants to figure out the space-time continuum and all of that bending and warping — we just want to be able to teleport. Likewise, talking and dreaming about success is easier than working towards it. Sure, failure is also a big hindrance. The thing is, you’ll never know whether an idea will be successful or if your dream job is what you even want unless you bother trying.
Can't take off work and travel Europe for a month? Create a fund, and start saving your vacation days. Don't have the money to invest in your genius invention? Put together a business proposal to apply for a small business loan or get it funded on Kickstarter. Want to run a marathon? Start stretching. The only person stopping you from reaching and achieving your goals is you. You don't have to make drastic changes in your life in order for your dreams to materialize but sitting, wishing, and hoping isn't going to get you any closer to attaining what you want. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t at least buy a ticket.