The Art of Trying

 Ahhh…remember how it felt the last time you had all your “ducks in a row”? Yeah, me neither.

I’m meeting with a guy next week that wants to run his small business idea past me. Two weeks ago while at Virginia Tech, I listened to lots of young entrepreneurs share their startup company ideas with me. (The Next Big Thing post)

My advice to all of them? Just try it.

Enough with the calculating, planning, mapping, budgeting, analysis and strategery. (SNL clip)

Try, already!

Edison did…a lot. Lincoln, too. So did Gates, Jobs and Zuckerberg. Your parents tried (and, voilà!…here you are), your grandparents and great grandparents were the connoisseurs of trying.

Write that book. Learn a craft. Steal a kiss. Break that habit. Ask for forgiveness. Propose. Take dancing lessons. Pray. Reach across the aisle.

You won’t be judged for trying. (If you are, send me their address.)

Stop staring at your “Bucket List”.

Try.  (139 words)

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

Share: Everyone has a “Try List”…what’s on yours? Please Comment/Reply Click HERE!

My epitaph just may read, “Well, he tried.”

For you old-timers…remember this one? (if you don’t see the video player, click HERE)


  1. Very funny and inspirational! And…yes…I remember Mikey. Thanks for the laugh!

  2. Thanks, J.V. So glad someone else remembers Mikey…or, that would’ve been kinda awkward. 🙂 Just from your site and writing, it appears that you are a person that doesn’t sit on an idea, but likes to try things. Kudos! Appreciate you swooping in…have a great day!

  3. Dear BS… 🙂
    You are speaking our language!
    Hey Mikey! How is it that we know EVERY word to that commercial after decades? Good times!

  4. Well, we definitely need to speak with each other more often…right? Would love to hear what thoughts, ideas and dreams are stirring in your hearts and minds!

  5. says:

    in a word… Colorado. Just trying to sell the farm first 🙂

  6. I’m sold! I’ll be your pool-boy. Just take me to the mountains! Colorado…now, that would be a sweet “refresh” on life.

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