The most troublesome time for any entrepreneur is before you start turning your idea into reality. If you find yourself sitting around not doing anything, shake yourself out of it and get going.

In the summer months most people take it a little easier, and there is a lot to be said for recuperation. But don’t let relaxation turn into inaction – keep your mind ticking over and preparing for the challenges ahead. If there's a work lull, spend your spare hours getting your body as fit as possible.

Shawn Heinrichs, who took the great picture below, paired it with a wonderful quote from Dale Carnegie, the writer who helped people to succeed in life with books like How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

He said: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Dale was absolutely right. The more you do something, the more you grow in confidence and expertise.

 

The more you try new things, the less daunting and more exciting they become.

 

So don’t spend too long fretting about what you are going to do next, just get out there and start: now is the time to do.

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