Success shows up when you do.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you must show up each day and just “turn on the lights.” Photographers, filmmakers, and vlogers understand that “turning on the lights” is the first step to creating something. If you’re a writer or a  blogger, your also have to turn on the lights to sit at your writing space. Musicians and artists have to turn on the lights in their studio.

Turning on the lights means showing up each day, and being willing to put your work out into the world. Yes, you want to put your best work out there. But don’t let the pursuit of perfectionism keep you from completing the work. How will people be drawn to your work if there is no work for them to experience?

Stop waiting to have the right equipment. Don’t worry about the haters. Ignore your fears and doubts. Focus on putting your work out into the world today. The more you produce “garbage” and “imperfect” work, the closer you get to your masterpiece.

A good example is Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner. Mr. Dyson spent 15 years – fifteen! – and came up with 5126 “bad” designs. Yes, he went through tough times, and even came close to bankruptcy. But Mr. Dyson kept showing up. One failed experiment after another, he learned from each mistake and improved upon it. He kept turning on the lights.


– Sir James Dyson

Be willing to make mistakes, to experience “failure”, and to produce bad work. If you allow yourself the freedom of being imperfect and expecting less than stellar results all the time, you will be able to enjoy the process of showing up every day and turning on the lights.

Do you have an idea you’ve been wanting to explore? Are there goals you’ve been putting off? Has your dream project been stalled long enough? Go turn on the lights and get to work.

Featured Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash.

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