It’s difficult to know when you should stop preparing and when you should just jump in. Due diligence is always wise but sometimes the research and learning can go on and on and there seems to be new information around every corner, leading to even more questions. Is this really necessary and helpful or is it in truth a form of procrastination?
When should the training wheels come off?
There is great debate over this subject. Accomplished people argue both sides of the case: Passion, instinct, momentum, baptism by fire versus the seemingly infinite supply of material to educate and coach. If there was a definitive answer out there I would have found it by now as I work towards my professional future. This is a completely new endeavor for me and I want to do all I can to set myself up for success. You can take the meeting planner out of the conference center . . .
All these years later, I vividly remember the day my training wheels came off. My brother and his best friend, older than me by eight years, were helping me, holding on to the back of my bike. I looked back and they were moving further and further away, THEY HAD LET GO! But as adults, it’s up to us alone to decide when it’s time to stop practicing and set off on our own two wheels The preparation is vital but it could go on forever if you allow it to do so. Set a deadline and stick to it. The homework will pay off but you won’t get paid until you start pedaling.