Things to Remember When Starting a New Project

Things to Remember When Starting a New Project


– [Entrepreneur] I had
lunch with a friend recently who told me that he had a great
idea for a small business. This friend has been stuck
in a nine to five job for a few years now and has
been playing with the idea of starting a side business for a while. After we started talking, he told me that he’s not as excited about this idea as he was when he set
up this lunch meeting. When I asked him why, he said it was because
a friend of his told him it was a bad idea with
little success potential, and his girlfriend thought
it was a waste of time because he already had a good job and she doesn’t think he’ll
see this project through. Harsh words from the
people closest to you. That conversation reminded me of two very important things I
think we should all keep in mind when pursuing an
adventure like starting a new business, YouTube channel or blog, or any kind of creative
outlet for our ideas. (letters popping) (gentle music) Number one, people’s opinions
should not be a factor. I know that might sound weird because we all know that validating your idea before pursuing it is important, but for starting a small,
passion-based project, it’s simply destructive. Do you think that if anyone
told me that starting an animation blog, writing books, or making courses was stupid,
I wouldn’t have done it? When he told me about what happened, I asked him if he thought
it was a good idea and that it had potential, he said yes. I asked him if he recalls a conversation with me in which I’ve
asked him what he thought about my animation website idea and whether or not I
should do it, he said no. You see, nobody knows better than you about what you can do. Yes, your idea might fail and not amount to anything, but it’s up to you. A friend can never tell you
what you can or cannot do. Nobody really knows if a thing
is gonna work out or not. When I decided to start my website, I simply started working. I didn’t share much with people around me and didn’t leave any room for people to have an opinion about it. I never asked, what do you think, or should I do it? I didn’t even share much about it on Facebook or with friends because I didn’t want
any unsolicited opinions. The decision to pursue a
new path is yours alone, so don’t let people who will not walk that path with you
dictate what it should be. Number two, the interest
of people closest to you is to keep you just the way you are. Your wife, your boyfriend,
your best friend: they all chose to be with you because of who you
were, not because of who you might become. Signs of you taking a
direction that might lead to you becoming someone
else threatens them and they will resist it. Parents might do the same because their interest is to
keep you as safe as possible and that sometimes is the same as not taking any chances on anything. If we take the story I just told you as an example, the person who might change from a nine to five employee to a self-employed
work-from-home business owner is a threatening idea to some people. As a friend might have to deal with his own fears of being
stuck at a dead end job, the girlfriend might fear
that he become successful and not wanna be with her anymore. Whenever you show signs
of attempting to change, your closest friends and family will be the first to show resistance
because they will be the ones who are most affected by it. They will want the most
secure and safe path for you and as close as possible to
what you’re already doing, especially if what you’re
currently doing works. Breaking out of it could be hard and will require a lot of
determination from you. So what should you do? How do you approach starting a new project with these obstacles in front of you? Well, assuming you’re not going all in, quitting your job, building a startup, but instead approaching this as more of a side project at first, my advice is to keep it to yourself as much as you can at the
beginning and downplay it. If you have to talk about it, try to not open it to any opinions. Don’t tell people what it might become and don’t ask them what they think. Don’t leave any room for criticism. As for the closest people in your life like your partner, your kids, or parents, I suggest dealing with a
good amount of sensitivity and empathy, be mindful to the fact that it might scare them. Try to reassure them as much as you can that you are giving it a try only to better both your life and theirs. Take them along with
you and make them feel like they’re a part of
it because they are. You are the only person who has to be with yourself for 100% of the time. Make sure you do right by yourself and be careful not to shape your own path around the fears and thoughts of others. Thanks for watching.

30 thoughts on “Things to Remember When Starting a New Project

  1. Can U Tell about being a Writer in Animation Industry. (Basically Writing for Animation). The Thing is there are people who want to Specialize in Modeling or Rigging etc…. But I want to write for Animation (Stories and Scripts).
    So Do studios hire writer in specific for Animation?

  2. Wow! I haveto be honest and say I don't always tune into your channel but the motivational factor of this video I have to say I really need to check in a lot more often.

    Absolutely phenomenal video man.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Great video, people need this. Yeah, I always recommend not telling anyone you know about your plans, especially your friends, 9/10 they don’t wanna see you succeed

  4. Please I don’t understand what type of animation spider man into the spider verse is .is it 3D or 2d pls explain thanks alot

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