When you don’t feel ready

“Lyn Joy, hindi pa ako ready…”

Mga 190364763 times ko na narinig yang line na yan.
At madaming variations yan:

“Kulang pa yung ipon ko para mag-start.”
“Madami pa akong ginagawa ngayon. Wala ako time.”
“Aaralin ko muna.”
“Kelangan ko muna gawin ‘to bago ko gawin yan…”
“I’m waiting for the sign!”

Have I told you the story of a friend na walang ginawa kung hindi kumuha ng mga business courses and training in preparation to start a business? I mean, girl, sa dami ng knowledge na inaral mo, isn’t time to apply it na?

The truth is we can never be 100% ready. There is no perfect time.
Walang perfect time para mag-resign. Walang perfect time para mag-start ng business. Walang perfect time para mag-ipon. Walang perfect time para simulang gawin ang gusto natin.

I am asked by One Mall Valenzuela to organize an event in celebration of International Women’s Day this March 8. My first reaction when I read the message was “No way! Hindi pa ako ready. Magbigay ng talk in front of an audience na hindi ako kilala? Eeekk!”

I can’t imagine giving a talk to strangers who never knew I existed and then share my thoughts about money mindset and business. It’s like opening up myself to judgments and criticisms. I kennat!

However, being aware that these negative thoughts are my money blocks talking, and underneath my fear is an excitement brewing, I said yes to the challenge.
Am I ready to organize a mall event? Hell no! I have no idea how to pull it through. 

Then why did I say YES to this????!!!

Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years of doing business and following my passion is this: START BEFORE YOU’RE READY.

You can never be 100% ready

Kahit anong aral/ipon/training/dasal/practice ang gawin mo, you will always fear that it’s not yet the right time. We always wait for confidence to hit us before we start doing something big.

However, the truth is that this confidence will only come “after” and not “before”.

We build confidence once we start doing things. Even if we fail, the mere fact that we experienced it gives us confidence that we can do and can try it again. 

If I waited until madami akong ipon or alam before starting my businesses, malamang wala akong mga negosyo ngayon.
If I waited until maging confident ako before starting The Wealthy Pinay then you won’t be reading this now.
If I waited na maging successful ako before sharing what I know about business and marketing then malamang kelangan nyo pa maghintay ng 10 years.

Honestly, I never feel ready. I don’t feel successful enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or confident enough to start or do things. There’s always a part of me that’s scared. 

And don’t just take my word for it. Many successful people took a leap of faith. Are they just lucky? Maybe. But how did these people know that they’ll be successful? They didn’t. They just started before they were ready.

Here is Richard Branson’s story of how he started Virgin Airlines.

“I was in my late twenties, so I had a business, but nobody knew who I was at the time. I was headed to the Virgin Islands and I had a very pretty girl waiting for me, so I was, umm, determined to get there on time.

At the airport, my final flight to the Virgin Islands was cancelled because of maintenance or something. It was the last flight out that night. I thought this was ridiculous, so I went and chartered a private airplane to take me to the Virgin Islands, which I did not have the money to do.

Then, I picked up a small blackboard, wrote “Virgin Airlines. $29.” on it, and went over to the group of people who had been on the flight that was cancelled. I sold tickets for the rest of the seats on the plane, used their money to pay for the chartered plane, and we all went to the Virgin Islands that night.”

Richard Branson


Everyone of us started somewhere. Either we started with no money, no experience, no education, no confidence, no family – yet here we are now. We would have not experienced the things we had experienced if we didn’t try, right?

The greater our goal, the bigger our fear. 
I hope that fear won’t paralyze you. 
Start before you’re ready.

P.S. Did you have any moments in your life when you feel you weren’t ready but took the leap anyway? Anong nangyari? How was it for you?

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Live The Life and Business You Have Imagined!

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