01 Sep The Long And Short Of It: Saying Yes
“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterward.”
– Tina Fey, forcing you out of your comfort zone
A QUICK STORY
In college, one of my professor’s asked if I would be interested in taking over the computer club. I had no idea how I was going to get people interested in the club or what activities we would do, but eventually I said yes. We decided to enter an AT&T contest to build an Android app to help prevent texting while driving. We had NO CLUE how we were going to pull this off. None of us had ever built an app before or worked with Android Studio, but we tried anyway. After countless meetings, we did it! We submitted our app, never thinking we would actually place in a national contest like that. You can imagine my surprise when watching the results come in, that we placed FOURTH, beating some of the top schools in the nation. All because we said yes, and figured it out afterward.
After college, my friend Josh approached me about building apps for youth groups..he had heard about the app the computer club built for that contest. Even though I had been on that team, I was mostly on documentation duty and did little of the actual coding. I could have turned him down and moved on. It would have saved me a lot of time, but I wouldn’t be where I am now. Instead, I said “Sure!”, spent a lot of time in a local bakery eating pastries and using their WiFi, and figured it out. (More about that here.) Now we’ve built an entire company from scratch.
WRAPPING IT UP
Saying ‘yes’ usually leads to more work, but it also leads to more opportunities. I would have never built CWTech without Josh approaching me about apps and he wouldn’t have done that if I wouldn’t have said yes to the computer club.
I could go on, but this is in the “The Long And Short Of It” series. Since these are supposed to be short, quick tips, I’ll leave it with this: Don’t hold yourself back from saying yes. You can do more than you think you can, you can figure it out. Go for it!