Figure It Out: The Secret to Success

I’m a go-getter. I always have been. When I see something I want, I go get it. I ask questions and read blog posts and show up to find answers. I figure it out.  When I worked in the newsroom as a reporter, one of the producers always counted on me. He would say, “Give that story to Joleene, she’s a Pit Bull. She’ll figure it out.” Sure enough, I always did.

Figuring Things Out Is How We Learn

When we learn how to do something on our own, that’s how we grow and stay in the game. Entrepreneur and investor Richard Branson said, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

Translation: FIGURE IT OUT.

The first paid speaking gig I ever got, the organizer asked me, “Can you do a 45-minute talk on overcoming fear and then an hour team building event?” I said it would be my pleasure. I then hung up the phone, turned to my husband and asked, “What on God’s green earth is a team building event?”

I had never heard that phrase in my life. So I figured it out.

Not long after I posted Richard Branson’s words above my desk, I started to really pay attention to other entrepreneurs around me. I noticed a trend. The majority of them thought taking a risk to do something they had no idea how to do was too far outside of their comfort zone. They just weren’t willing to go there.

To assess this observation further, I decided to challenge 25 of my one-on-one coaching clients. “Create an audio of a talk and have it packaged to sell as a product,” I told them. “Have it recorded and duplicated and ready on your site in four weeks. Find a way. Figure it out. If you succeed, I’ll write you a check for $250 dollars.” Every single one of them accepted. They were pumped and ready and excited about the opportunity. They said they would do whatever it took to make it work. And off they went. Four weeks passed, and not one of them came through. Not one.

Why We Give Up

When I asked my clients why they didn’t do it, they cited three reasons:

  • Lack of time

  • Not knowing where to begin

  • Not having the resources to do it.

Basically, they didn’t try to figure it out.

I once spoke with a  business coach who bought one of my audio courses. I asked him how he leveraged his income. He said, “I write eBooks. I publish them on Amazon. I have five.”  Soon after, I downloaded an eBook for consumption. As I shuffled through the pages I was suddenly struck with a thought, “Wait a minute. I can do this, too. I can write an eBook based on what I know when it comes to speaking, and sell it on Amazon.”

Over a series of days, I read blogs, watched videos, asked questions, read more blogs, watched more videos and wrote. Throughout the process, I made mistakes, but went back and watched more videos and read more blogs, asked more questions and uploaded again. Even being as thorough with the process as possible, I still made the same mistake.

When I Didn’t Have Answers, I Went Looking For Them

When I didn’t have a designer to do my book cover, I sought one out.  When I didn’t have the right program to convert my Word file to an eBook file, I researched a few and found one. I figured it out. Three weeks later, my first eBook was ready, When I finally uploaded it, It felt amazing, all of my hard work had paid off.

Shortly after it’s conception and my touting it on social media, a woman messaged me on Facebook asking if I could send her the information on how to do it. I had to give her an honest answer, I couldn’t. In order to figure it out, you need to know what it takes to go after something. I messaged her back with, “The information you need is everywhere. I recommend you take the same steps I did: Google. Read. Watch videos. Figure it out.”

You Call The Shots

I want to leave you with one final thought: If there is something you want, something you want to have, or something you want to be, go out and make it happen.

Whatever it is that you want, take a little step right now to make it come to fruition. Stop what you’re doing right this very second and harness your potential. You’ll learn more and more as you progress towards your goal, you just have to figure it out.