Take Massive Imperfect Action

I watched a Tiktok video the other day that stated this phrase and I can’t agree more.  “To be successful, take massive imperfect action!”

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If you wait until conditions are perfect you will NEVER DO IT. Done is better than perfect! #realestate #askmrd4d #learnontiktok

♬ original sound – Jamari Sprueil

Move forward.  It’s okay to trip, it’s ok to fall, it’s ok to make mistakes, as long as you are moving forward.  Start an IRA today.  Don’t overanalyze whether to get a Roth or a traditional, put 10 minutes of thought into it and take action.  Go with Vanguard, eTrade, or Fidelity, this doesn’t really matter and it isn’t permanent, you can always move it later. Don’t worry about which Vanguard funds to select.  Don’t spend hours analyzing.  Get started.  When you are starting out your investment returns don’t matter nearly as much as your contributions.  If you have $1,000 to invest today earning 12% gets you $120 for the year and earning 8% gets you $80 for the year.  What matters more is piling up money.

Work extra hours today.  Don’t worry about the schedule going forward or the nights of less sleep, your body will adjust.  Get those hours in at your primary job or a 2nd job.

Start that side hustle.  Rent a power washer today and walk door to door, see what happens.  Worst case scenario? You’re out $40 for a rental and a few hours of your time.

Try, try, try.

 

Examples Of Massive Imperfect Action:

In 1992 R.L. Stine was already a wealthy man.  The success of his Fear Street books had not only made him a well known author, but also a well off one.  In 1992 he launched the Goosebumps series of books, a series of horror books aimed at 7-12 year olds.  I was in his target market and bought more than my share of Goosebumps books.  Between June of 1992 and December of 1997 Stine published 62 Goosebumps books, which worked out to about 1 a month.  He published 1 book a month for the better half of a decade. None of these books were literary marvels, and no one will mistake “Beware, The Snowman” for “The Great Gatsby”, and that’s OK.  The books didn’t need to be perfect, they needed to exist.  He filled a market demand that most people didn’t know existed.  I LOVED going to the book store and buying a Goosebumps book.  He created a product, edited, packaged, and sold a product, that provided him a large bump of cash for that month, and a constant royalty flow in perpetuity.

South Park: has ran consistently since 1997.  South Park produces 10 episodes a season now, but was producing 14 for a while.  In the special “6 Days To Air” The production schedule of making a 22 minute cartoon is profiled.  The idea to create a cartoon this fast was not something that was seen as possible, but South Park has done it consistently.  Massive imperfect action allowed South Park episodes to be as timely as late night TV, whereas any other cartoon would be months behind.  This has allowed South Park to have its extreme longevity and cultural relevance.

I started a side hustle selling stuff I 3D printed,  I’m buying real estate and learning fixes along the way (I just did a garage roof the other day), I’m selling books on Amazon FBA, and of course writting here.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, Making something happen is way better than perfect.  Go out there and make something happen today!

What massive imperfect action are you going to take this week, this month, this year?

 

John C. started Action Economics in 2013 as a way to gain more knowledge on personal financial planning and to share that knowledge with others. Action Economics focuses on paying off the house, reducing taxes, and building wealth. John uses the free tool Personal Capital to track his net worth and posts quarterly updates on his finances. Check out the Action Economics archives section for all past posts.

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