I am constantly amazed by people who do things (PWDTs). I want very badly to do things. I have ideas. Tons of them. In fact, each week there are several of them that I like so much I promise myself I will actually create them. Then I just. Dont. Act on them.
R. Stevens, creator of the 8-bit comic Diesel Sweeties and person who clearly does things, summed it up this way:
I have several friends who qualify as PWDTs. People who act on- if not all- then at least some of their ideas. It’s amazing and inspiring to be around them because they serve as a constant reminder that the only thing that holds us back is ourselves. Case in point: next to my keyboard as I type this is a comic script. It’s got notes and edits all over it. It isn’t mine- it belongs to a friend. He sent me the first draft to proofread (I was/am honored). It is a compelling read and I can’t wait to see the art he creates for it. It’s going to become a reality. I will one day hold it.
And while I type this, I listen to A Still Motion, a CD composed, performed, and produced by this guy. We’re semi-related (sister-in-law’s husband) but that’s not why I post it. I post it because to compose, perform, and produce something is an amount of effort magnitudes beyond anything I can imagine doing on my own. Like it or loathe it, I defy anyone to tell me it isn’t the work of a professional. He wanted to do something. He did it. I am impressed.
I don’t think there’s a secret to these people. I’m sure, if you asked them, they would be just as frustrated as I am by the number of things they haven’t done yet. Or maybe not. Regardless, the PWDTs that I know are the ones who constantly look for opportunities. I once read a quote that went something like this: “I’ve found that what most people call luck is actually the product of an individual prepared to embrace opportunity.” Less fancy version: Work towards your goals, and when your chance comes, you’ll be ready for it.
I know there are more PWDTs out there. I’d love to see what you’re doing/have done in the comments. That kind of initiative deserves to be shared. As for myself, even if I were doing things (and I’m not saying I am) I sure as hell wouldn’t post them on here. I’ve found no surer way to keep something from happening then to mention it on my blog.
But there’s nothing to stop you guys from inspiring me, my mom, and the one other person who reads this crap.