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  • David Richmond

    First class!What better advice to anyone starting a new project, a new job, or just needing a new start than to go out today and find a lucky notebook and pen?

  • Andrea Novella

    LOVED this.

    It gave me some much needed inspiration as I am about to launch a dream I have been working on for many, many years. I have been through all the steps, many, many times.

    I'm terrified of going through #3 again… But this article reminded me (among many other things) that I've done everything I can control, so no use in worrying about what I can't!


  • Janaina De Assis

    Abou "telling everyone my idea" I have sometimes the feeling that their reaction will be already like a reward and then I'm afraid it will be enough and will just step to another project as I multitask projects. Oh, I'm lost! LOL

  • lyndakae

    This article put a grin on my face...and was much appreciated.

  • AugustineSippar

    Being somewhere between step 5 and 6, this is a welcome kick in the backside, just at the right time. Thanks.

  • Stef McDonald

    Makes me want to build an airplane—or something else....

  • jbuss77

    What a fabulous, beautiful piece of writing. Inspiring doesn't even begin...needed this message. Thank you!

    • sam_potts

      Thanks very much!

  • Shelly Barnec

    Off to get my lucky book and pen! You, too?

  • jessyu

    "That’s all I have to say about that." hahha. great post. inspiring

  • Liz F

    The China reference made me chuckle, because Step One (tell everyone) is actually how I got to China. I just kept telling everyone that I was going to go there and study after I graduated. After you tell enough people, you have to summon up the guts to go do it, because otherwise everyone will wonder why you are still hanging around doing nothing. And then they'll start ASKING you and you'll have to make up excuses.... See how I just made it easier for myself to do a difficult thing? :) By imagining the much worse consequences of NOT doing it!

    • sam_potts

      Exactly Liz — that's how I ended up in China myself in 2009. Where were you studying?

      • Liz F

        I was in Tianjin, then later worked in Harbin. Sometimes I miss it... are you using China experience in some way now?

        • sam_potts

          I don't know about using it in any sense other than general life experience. China's one of the most interesting places in the world these days, and very hard (for an American) to understand. Having been there keeps me humble, I hope. I was in Chengdu — the best food!

  • peaceONwax

    Sam Potts, you're hilarious! mobilehomevideo: you're practical. Good advice on both sides here :)

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    • sam_potts

      Thanks, MHV: must add this to my uncontainable TED queue.

  • Jeff Nelder

    Really creative and lovely work- fun, inspirational and accessible. Dr. Seuss, eat your heart out!

  • taramcg2000

    I printed this out...then copied the last paragraph from "You have to get it on the runway..." and stuck it up on my idea board - I can't wait to feel that smile on my face! Thanks for the vision.

  • stephbelsky

    It's not a matter of how, it's a matter of when. And that when is right NOW. Thank you for this ! Who wants to go to Mexico???

  • kellyna20

    Well said - all of it. The ideas. Telling. Lucky pen. Sobbing. Mexico (of course). Wings flashing. Win.

  • JanetCooperNelson

    I was just about to pivot... thanks for the reminder. Working on how to describe my idea and to whom to say it first.

  • heyamy

    Terrific! Agree with Sandrlkas - inspirational. I'm off to do something big.

  • Shayne Thomas

    There is really so much about this that I love. Couldn't be more timely. Love it!

  • Slow Family Living

    I love this. I love the idea of the telling of the idea creating accountability. I love too the idea of trusting that everything you're doing is the work. It's all the work. None of it is a fail because everything brings you to what's next.

  • Sandrikas Sv

    Holy Sh*t !! Now THAT was an inspirational kick in an butt! Thank you!