Start Before You’re Ready – Gihan Perera
I do have a (small!) claim to fame in the history of theInternet. In 1991, when I was a software designer for a smallcompany in Perth, we won a contract to build software for anundersea cable system between Hong Kong and Taiwan.At the time, the main purpose of the cable was for telephonecalls. This was long before most people had heard of theInternet. And even though I was using the Internet myself, Ihad no idea how important it would become within a decade.
That seems like such a long time ago!
Today, we take it for granted that we can go to a Web site,click a little blue link on a page, and instantly jump to another Web site on the other sideof the world.In 1991 – when we were working with much more primitive technology – that was totallyunheard of. It was a major achievement for us to just get a single dial-up telephoneconnection between the monitoring station in Hong Kong and our office in Perth!And although I didn’t know it at the time, our team of software developers was laying thefoundations for the Internet technology we take for granted today.
So what’s the point?
I remember talking to the Hong Kong technicians at the time, and they were telling meabout the next cable they would be installing in a few years’ time. It would be faster,cheaper, more reliable – you name it. So … even at the time they were laying thatundersea cable, the technology was already superseded.So why did we bother with our slower, more expensive, less reliable system? Because if we had waited for the perfect time, with the perfect technology, we would never hadstarted. And if everybody in the industry had taken that attitude, we wouldn’t have anyInternet at all!And
This happens OFTEN (and not just with technology).
Have you ever held back from doing something, waiting for the perfect moment?Sometimes it’s prudent, but more often it’s foolish. There’s never a more perfect momentthan NOW. Even if you don’t get the results you expect, you get the experience.So,
start before you’re ready
. The future is theirs who take the first step when the path isnew, the journey long and the horizon far from home.You’ll thank yourself later – whatever the outcome.Gihan Perera is the author of
"The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Most Web SiteOwners Make – And How To Avoid Them"
"Spin: Turn One Idea IntoHundreds of Information Products"
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