Newton’s First Law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force.
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion.
Well this is an incredibly useful lesson for life.
So often we don’t start something for a fear of what will happen after we get started.
We’re crippled by the uncertainty.
“How will we keep it going?”
As Newton wisely taught us- once we’re in motion, we will tend to stay in motion.
Getting started is the challenge! Once we’re up and running we can usually figure out how to keep going.
I’ve found this rings true in my own life:
Last October I quit my job to start a company. I had money to last me about two months.
But, perhaps naively, I had a feeling it would figure itself out.
As if by magic the solution appeared…
I was chatting to a friend, my now business partner- Ben, about the new business. He not only decided to come aboard and join me but also to pay me a share of his salary (he was still working at the time) whilst we figured it out.
Admittedly I was lucky to have extremely low overhead at the time, and others may not have this luxury.
But the point is that by stepping into the uncertainty we often stumble upon the very solution that we could not figure out from the sidelines.
The idea in this post was borrowed from the wonderful “Think like a Rocket Scientist” by Ozan Varol.