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  • Writer's pictureYehudit Sidikman

Ready or Not!

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow.”

~ Marissa Mayer, Former CEO, Yahoo, Co-Founder Sunshine Contacts

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow.”

This quote is starting to make a whole lot of sense to me.

I mean, what kind of lives would we be living if we always waited until we were ready? Are we ever ready for anything? Was I ready to move to a foreign country? Was I ready to become the mother of five? Was I ready to start my first business?

When Covid hit, and we had to scramble to figure out how to provide Empowerment Self Defense training during lockdown, were we ready?


And now look. We’ve got a shiny new app less than a month away from its beta launch.

Not that everything has gone smoothly. We've definitely dealt with more than one “first pancake.”

But that’s okay. We still got to where we wanted to go. The rest of the stack is beautiful.

An author friend of mine once told me that sometimes, stories just come to her. She plots. She writes. She calls them “gift books.”

Other times, the writing process is painful and brutal and she doesn’t know where she’s going.

Funny thing though. She swears the process doesn’t change the quality of the outcome, and that I wouldn’t be able to pick her books off the shelf and figure out which ones were gifts.

It’s like teaching. Sometimes, I’m as prepared as can be, and show up to class after a good night of sleep and a good breakfast. And then things go wrong.

Other times, I show up exhausted and frazzled, wondering how I’ll make it through. And then magically, the class is one of my most successful ever.

You can’t predict. The important thing is to just go for it.

Tell me about a time you successfully accomplished something even though you were “a little not ready” to do it.

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