A couple of weeks ago I signed up for the internet phenomenon Pinterest. I thought it would be a good way to catalog inspiration for upcoming t-shirt collections, photo shoots and business ideas. I made the mistake of following everyone I am facebook friends with and my feed was flooded with an enormous amount of stuff.
I started clicking around through different boards of people I knew and started to get kind of sad. I noticed that as I clicked around on boards labeled “my style” that people were lying. I kept thinking to myself that I have never seen this person wear any of this. I felt like the board was mislabeled and should have been labeled “The style I wish I could have but am too afraid of what people might think.”
I also saw boards labeled “inspiration” and they were filled with photos of skinny girls, bikinis and healthy food. Again I felt like the boards should have been labeled “I wish I was this skinny but can’t practice enough self control to lose weight.”
I also saw a lot of “future project” ideas, which again should have been labeled “Projects that I will put off but still say that I am going to do someday.”
I know this seems harsh and I am sure a lot of people on Pinterest are using these boards to really motivate themselves and get things done. I also know that our human nature tells us to be lazy, boring and stupid. I know that it’s hard to take risks. I know that the idea of starting a project or business can be awesome and exciting, but when it comes to actually doing something about it….well, that’s terrifying. So we just tell people about it and build these massive ideas in our heads that are never actually going to happen. This is what saddens me.
I think it’s time for you to take some risks and to make some of these boards become realities. I know there are always a ton of excuses. They usually go something like this:
1. I don’t have time. What a stupid excuses. If you have time to be on Pinterest for 2 hours planning a project then you have 2 hours to actually do a project. If you can watch TV or update facebook every 45 minutes or take instagrams non-stop then you have some extra time to make one of these boards become a reality.
2. I don’t have money. It doesn’t take as much money as you think to do most projects or at least start most projects. It certainly doesn’t take a lot of money to start losing weight. Stop eating out so much and you will actually start to save money. Then you can use that money to do one of your projects. Boom! Two projects completed!
3. I am not totally sure how to do it. Today we have access to more information than ever before. If you aren’t sure how to do something I am pretty sure there is a tutorial on youtube or the internet somewhere. If you can’t find anything then just try it. If you mess up then that’s okay at least you tried. At least you tried to make your vision a reality instead of always keeping it a vision.
I didn’t start walk in love. by opening a store in one day. It was a lot of little projects and little risks that built up over years filled with mistakes, sweat and hard work. If I could go back 6 and half years ago I would give myself a high five for starting it and for taking it from inspiration to reality (I would also tell myself to go find Brooke and marry her next week). I had no idea what it would become back then but if I never took that step I would not be where I am today.
Pinterest is a great tool for inspiring creativity and vision, but it shouldn’t just stop at the inspiration. It should always be a jumping off point into action. So take that action and start living your pinterest life.