Waiting For All Your Ducks To Line Up

The perfect Time Is Now

Are you the kind of person who likes to wait until everything is perfect before starting a new venture? I know many people like that and I’m sure you do as well. They hold off buying that house or stock because they think the market might go down. They hold off starting that new business because economy isn’t right. They hold off getting married because they need to save money for that big wedding. They hold off making money online because [insert whatever excuse you want].

Success comes to those who make opportunities happen. Success doesn’t come to those who wait for opportunities to happen. If you’re waiting for all your ducks to line up before going forward with making money on the Internet, you’re going to be waiting till the cows come home (that’s a long, long time). The frequency of those ducks lining up is about the same as the frequency of all the planets in the Solar System lining up. If I had waited until everything was right before starting The TechZone, I would still be waiting today.

The Ability To Choose Your Response

When you really dig deep and look at the things that are keeping you from where you want to be, you’ll find that it’s not the economy, the market, other people, or you neighbour’s dog. It’s the person staring at you in the mirror. Failures are always looking for outside conditions to blame their situation on because they don’t want to accept responsibility.

Let’s look at the word, responsibility. A lot of people think it means the same thing as accountability but it really doesn’t. In a nutshell, it means the ability to choose your response. In any situation you’re faced with, you have the ability to choose how you want to respond to it. A responsible person doesn’t need to have all his ducks in a row.

Stop waiting around for conditions to be perfect before you do something. Just do it now. The perfect time will never come because the perfect time is now. The sooner you realize that, the better off you will be.

48 thoughts on “Waiting For All Your Ducks To Line Up”

  1. taking action is the step most people miss.

    Fire first then aim!

    Way to put a spark under anyone sitting on the fence.

    1. Santosh P says:

      I actually took lots of time to put my plans on action, and somewhere I regretted them, Luckly I never deleyed started my own business, And enjoy that everyday is the rite time to do whatever good you want.

    2. It is very easy to over intellectualize everything. Sometimes just doing something dumb or smart to get going gives you just enough to get a leg up on the next step.

      So, quit planning and do something!


    3. Marc says:

      It’s not so much shoot first then aim, more like shoot first then find out what you shot πŸ˜‰ Then you can go back, shoot again with a better idea of what you might hit.

      1. I’d agree with that…! perhaps not what you might hit, but where you might fire, and you go back and refine and refine and refine.

        That’s progress.

  2. kelly says:

    good advice!

    Kelly πŸ˜€

  3. Sofcore says:

    “Waiting for the right time” is a big problem with me, and I admit opportunities often pass me by while I wait…

    Nice post Mr. Chow, and good advice.


    1. Part o fthe challenge is recognizing the opportunities that are around us. They’re everywhere, if you open your eyes!

  4. Dave says:

    I semi-agree with you. Saying that is like saying you should go into something with 0 risk assessment. There are things that you should plan and/or think about. But set guidelines, goals, and tasks in order to give yourself some deadlines to make a final decision.

    I agree with you that too many people sit there and think about doing something…but never do it. I don’t agree with that, but I do think that things need to be thought about prior.

    1. While I see what you’re saying, thinking things through too much is often an excuse for NOT doing anything. Don’t PROCRASTINATE. Get it started.

      Find out what I have been reading today.

      1. Marc says:

        Yeah, there’s definitely some ground in between heading in with no risk assessment and waiting for the stars to align.

  5. Deron says:

    Great advice! It’s something I’ve been trying to really practice lately. I have a couple sites that I want to get online and it seems I always get stuck on the design process…trying to make every last detail look perfect before launch. I need to just get them online and worry about the little things later.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  6. shman says:

    Great advice πŸ™‚ Thanks 😎

  7. John,

    This is the best piece of advice I’ve read in your blog since I started reading it. Actually, I’ve been told this a couple of times lately.

    While I am not trying to start making money online. I already do. I’ve been working on my dream software project for 3 years! I blame the developers, but I am starting to feel that I might be afraid of failing.

  8. Matt Jones says:

    Would you advise ducking out of very important exams to start an internet business?

    1. If the exams were that important, you wouldn’t be ducking out! You’d be taking them!

      If the exams weren’t that important, you’d be doing something else, likely.

      The difficulty is knowing if they are important or not. Either way, I think you’re looking to chicken out not duck out! Stick with it!

      When they’re done, they’re over.

  9. Robert Sharp says:

    Well said, I like Dale Carnegie way of saying it “Today is yesterdays tomorrow” in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. If you have never read it I would recommend it.

    The OSDCM

  10. Bryan says:

    It’s hard to make the first step and you’re either going to crash and burn or succeed but there’s only one way to find out.

    1. Disagree: there could be a hundred or a thousand possible outcomes. Some might end up with total success or total failure. Most might end up with something in between.

      Don’t use duality thinking for success/failure issues like this!


      1. I actually wrote quite a long post about this issue. Anyone want to read it?

  11. Wisdom from the master.

    I think it’s particularly good advice for an internet business or a blog, which often involves very little to start…

  12. Michael Kwan says:

    I personally think it’s foolish to just rush into an endeavor without properly assessing the pros and cons (fools rush in where angels fear to tread). I’m not say that you should be super-hesitant in doing anything, but by rushing in without considering the risks/rewards, you could very well end up like that guy from iamfacingforeclosure.com.

    You should have a certain level of apprehension, but at the same time, you do have to take a chance at some point. In this regard, I agree with John that shouldn’t wait until conditions are perfect. Only until they are “good enough.”

    1. Agreed — think it over once. Sometimes, even twice if it’s a really huge risk you’re about to take. But waiting until everything is perfect — that’s almost never going to happen so you might as well take the next step.

  13. Respond, Action, Do it, Don’t wait.

    Fear’s always going to keep gnawing at you until you do something. And even if you do fall flat on your face, at least you tried it and you can’t say I wish I would have tried.

    Trying will change people’s lives!

  14. Sometimes waiting for the ducks to start quacking is just a facade of even worse habits — like procrastination, for example. Sometimes people just make excuses to evade action when all they mean is that they’re too lazy.

  15. Angie says:

    It’s a case by case kind of venture, I’d say. If you wait until you are “ready”, nobody would ever have children. But, when it comes to buying a home or starting a new business, wisdom and planning alway trumps impulse and sheer drive.

    1. Good points — no one is never really absloutely “ready.” Sometimes it’s great to have things lined up in your favor, other times it’s just better to take the plunge.

  16. dotnetnuke says:

    Whispering to myself: take an action and draw a new plan

  17. Could not agree with you more. Those who take initiative will be rewarded for sure.

  18. Glad you’re back online John. For a while there this was all I was seeing: http://www.aaroncook.com/2007/06/where-did-john-chow-go.html

    Good post. Procrastination is indeed evil…but at the same time, risk assessment is essential and crucial. While it may be detrimental to wait for all the ducks to line up, it’s equally detrimental to jump into something without proper knowledge, planning, etc.

    This post reminded me of two great success quotes:

    “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
    ~Vince Lombardi

    “Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.”
    ~Bruce Marton

    Shine on,

  19. Wow do we have a couple pontificaters here … do your risk assessment, etc., etc., etc. What do you think a needs and risk assessment for YouTube would have shown?

    Re-read the post. John didn’t advise doing things foolishly, what he advised was not waiting for _everything_ to be right.

    There may be a couple people here old enough to remember when there as no Google.

    There were, however, plenty of good search engines and the idea of two college boys, bright though they were, starting a new engine from scratch and taking on giants like Yahoo! and AltaVista seemed ludicrous. If Sergey and Larry had waited for things to be right they would currently be plodding along as salaried engineers for some company or another.

    @==> Matt with the “important exam” question … skipping the exams worked pretty darn well for Bill Gates, didn’t it? He quit school to work a very high reisk project for a firm that later crashed and burned … and last week he still got his degree … so do what’s best for you, but do something.

  20. Wallace says:

    just do it! πŸ˜‰

  21. Eugene says:

    Conditions that life presents will never be perfect. But like Michael Kwan says, never rush into things and should wait when it’s good enough.

    Personally tho, all must make mistakes….because Booker T. Washington once said…”Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

    so in order to succeed heed Booker T. Washingtons advice and the following…

    “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” β€” Bill Cosby

  22. Mason says:

    “Are you the kind of person who likes to wait until everything is perfect before starting a new venture”

    omg that is so me… I even blogged about on my old blog. I missed a few good learning experiences from it. oh well… you live and learn πŸ™‚

  23. shaun says:

    Thanks for the advice. Excellent article. πŸ™‚

  24. Yawn. Why does everyone keep repeating the same trite wisdom as in the original post! Come on… Let’s ADD something to the discussion.

  25. Duality Disorder: the habit of putting everything into two categories.

    Good Bad/ success or failure / ugly or beautiful / now or never / Do or Die / to ‘crash and burn’ or succeed / plan or act / nothing ventured nothing gained / Wisdom vs. planning / Impulse vs. drive.

    How many more dualities are we going to trot out here?

    Could it possibly be that we are using these to cover our own excuses? Could it be that there are a myriad of outcomes that are between success and failure or any of the other dualities we’ve written about? Could it be that we may not be a complete failure on day #1, and that is JUST enough for us to go out and build next $1Billion business. Could it be? …

  26. I see it as today is my day, not yesterday or 2morrow, but today so everything has to start now. Little steps take you closer to your final destination, so lets start walking!

  27. Great posting. Couldn’t said it better myself. I just start my Blog 2 days ago and it’s receiving great reviews by the public. Thanks to you.

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  28. You’ve got to take that chance someday. Can’t wait as life passes you by. Remember in the movie Collateral where Jamie Foxx keeps talking about his Limo biz?

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