The other day I was at my full time job, coding away, when something out the window caught my eye (yes, I’m lucky enough to have a window view, but don’t get jealous yet – my ‘office’ is shared with 3 other people within arms length of me, and our view is of a parking lot). It was a man, rather average looking, going for a simple jog.
Now, when you picture a jogger, I’m sure you have a specific mental image in mind. Fit, sweaty, wearing short shorts and a tank top, and gazelle-like. This guy was the exact opposite. Well he was sweaty, but what caught me off guard was that he was jogging with no shirt, wearing blue jeans. Yes, JEANS! That has to be the most uncomfortable bottom clothing selection possible – I’d rather run in wool!
But this guy didn’t care. He was determined to go for a run. Not sure whether his motivation was to lose weight, gain endurance, or just get some outside air, but it was enough to motivate me. Think about it. How many excuses would we have come up with to get out of a run? Oh, I don’t have the right shoes. Oh, I need to run on a track. Oh, it’s too hot out today. This guy had NO EXCUSES! No tank top? Go shirtless. No running shoes? These will do. No workout shorts? I have jeans!
He inspired me because he had an idea, and he just started. There was no room for procrastination with this guy.
Even more amazing is that I’ve seen this guy several times. He doesn’t do it every day, but it’s enough to think that he should probably invest in some better attire. But he doesn’t care. He has a goal.
And I have no doubt in my mind, he’s going to reach that goal.
What about me?
So am I going to start running in jeans? Of course not, that’s crazy.
But am I going to give up on my side project experience just because I run into some snags? Hell no.
Yes, I’ve had some past side projects that don’t work out. Yes, I’m having trouble marketing my latest product. Yes, I sometimes struggle to find the time and energy to keep going. But no, I’m not going to stop any time soon. I know that persistance pays off. So I’m gonna keep on keeping on.
Have you had times of doubt with your side project? What motivates you?