“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
Great ideas do not require all the money in the world, all the time in the world or all of the talent in the world. A truly great idea requires some inspiration, some determination and a whole lot of persistence.
Fifteen years ago my husband and I purchased our first real estate. The back quarter of the property was completely under water. We put on waste high waders and trudged through the water only to discover a series of ten beaver dams. The spring that ran to them was no wider than a ruler but the beavers had made a small lake out of that tiny amount of water – one dam at a time.
We did not have a lot of money but we did have a lot of time. Every day we went down to the property to spend a few hours digging out beaver dams. Once the water dried out some, we tackled the under brush and the trees with bush hooks (if you do not know what it is then you probably do not want or do not need to know) and a chain saw. We cleared enough of that property that it dried out. A neighbor came in with his tractor to help us speed up the process.
Clearing that first piece of land took several months. We then began looking at building a home. Money was still tight so we planned on starting small. The architect that we talked to said that for the price we could afford we could only start at around 900 sq ft and even then it would not be a finished project. We would still have to do most of the work inside on our own.
My husband and I found a house that had to be moved because of a road expansion project. We paid $12,000 for the house and to have it moved across the county to our property. We still had to do much of the work on our own but the house is SOLID wood – tongue and groove walls, floors and even ceilings. The whole project ended up costing a mere $40,000. It was still a lot, but it was less than half AND we had more house.
The house is in the woods. Internet access was slow (think horse and buggy) and even satellite was not an option. I wanted to write online and spent many, many hours uploading the things that I wrote. Multi-tasking became second nature. It was not unusual for me to have ten windows open so that I would be working in one while waiting for the others to load or I would be hand-writing some notes while I waited for an article to upload. The waiting even inspired a few articles.
The journey has not always been easy but it has helped me to understand that I can wait around until the stars align or I can jump in and do what I can with what I have where I am. The truth is that I get more satisfaction over making things happen then I ever get out of paying to see them done. I like the creative process.
What are the issues holding you back from pursuing your dreams? And what are you going to do right now to step over those issues and pursue your dreams anyway?