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Something occurred to me the other day and I wonder if you would agree?

I was watching the video below I found on the front page of HackerNews. (OK, it was in the background while I was doing 2, no 4, other things.)

That’ll Never Work! about crazy ideas and what to do about them…

John from HN London on Vimeo.

Now maybe I’m out of the loop on this whole concept, but the realization I had is that most of the stuff — training, videos like this — that I’ve gone through recently hasn’t really taught me a whole heck of a lot. I’m not saying I know it all; far from it. I learn something new (OK, tons of things) every day. And, sure, I’ve picked up things here and there. Maybe this is a byproduct of years of being in business, marketing, curating, writing, etc.

But what hit me is half the time it feels like I’m just looking for reinforcement of my knowledge or maybe even permission.

The video above is a great example. It’s still worth watching, but, in essence, it’s about the ideas you have that you think are crazy or will never work. Guess what? You never will know ahead of time what will or won’t work, so get into “all-out massive action” mode. Pretty sound advice; more of us really should take it.

permission tank

We All Have a Permission Tank

But what hit me was I think we all have a permission tank, which is similar to your car’s gas tank. When it’s full of gas, you’ve got the GPS set and you’ve had your bathroom break… then you’re going places. Without that, you’re sitting at home wondering where to go.

Now, some people have figured out how to run without gas. They use any fuel they can find, plus can navigate without GPS and use the old “we’ll stop when we get there” trick. Those are the people who make the impossible possible.

Those are the people who don’t look for permission. Their permission tank is always full (or it seems that way).

The Trick Is… You Don’t Need Permission — ACT

Now, I have to be upfront here — I’ve recognized this tendency in myself, so when I see this trigger I’ve become good at focusing on execution or at least getting data to verify my ideas. But I’ve also come to realize that sometimes I procrastinate more than I should on an idea because I’m looking to fill my permission tank.

Maybe you might be in an info-gathering or feedback loop; maybe you have an idea or a thought that you have executed.

The validation or permission that you’re seeking (maybe you’re not even aware of it), you don’t need. No one knows (nor can they show you) if it will work. The only way to really find out is to do it.