"When there's blood on the streets, buy." said Baron Rothschild, an 18th century British nobleman.
There is neither blood on the streets nor do I have lots of extra cash to dabble in property investing. But, I had an idea today that could change the course of my life.
I tried to get members of my family to invest in my idea. They know the likelihood of execution is so close to zero that they just smile along and hope I forget it - like all the other hundreds of ideas I've pitched along the way.
My approach to this idea will be different. I'm going to take only a little-bit of occasional action. I'm giving up this hoorah, marine-infantry enthusiasm. It simply doesn't work for me.
In fact, forget large chunks of focus at all. I'm chatting with friends and family. I'm browsing tree-houses on Pinterest. I'm reluctantly doing small tasks here and there.
As I write this, I'm laughing at the whole idea of starting something with only luke-warm commitment and effort. But, my reality dictates that high-enthusiasm isn't much better. These projects are a long game. Like physical transformations in your brain and body, they require time. Like getting a university degree, it doesn't happen in a weekend. Growth and development take time. My new approach is simply acknowledging that and giving myself permission to progress organically.