When I started my Civil Services or IITJEE preparation, I had no idea how I would get to the finish line – so I just bought a few books and started learning.
When I quit my job to do a startup, I did not know how I would build a company. But I got started, made mistakes, and kept learning.
When I first dreamt about doing an MBA from a top B-School, I again did not know I would make it – but I bought the official GMAT guide and got started.
Once you start, you often get clarity about the next step. And as you take that step, you realize the step to take after that.
This is not to say that one should not plan ahead – but there is a limit to how much clarity it would give you.
For every major journey in my career – 50% of the victory has been just getting started. Had I waited for perfect clarity, I would still be sitting there, twiddling my thumb.
Whatever you want to do – whether it is building a startup, changing your career path, or running a marathon – I have a simple piece of advice: Start.
You don’t have to quit your job. You don’t have to run 20 km tomorrow. You don’t need to launch a revolution right away. Start small, but start.
Once you get started, clarity will come. And before you realize it, you might achieve your biggest dreams. At least, that has been my experience.