Last month I decided to start blogging. For most people this isn’t a big deal, but for me it is since the thought of sharing my ideas and thoughts scares me–big time. I don’t consider myself a writer. In fact, I don’t like writing; I prefer public speaking. But I started this blog to finally take quick action.

No more excuses.

For a long time, but especially these past two years, I’ve been inspired by dozens of stories from people who are doing extraordinary things. My favorite stories are about people who started their own podcasts, blogs, businesses, online platforms, and even charities.

But I reached the point where I grew tired of siting on the bench watching other people score. It’s time for me to get in the game.  I realized that life is not meant to be lived on the sidelines.

The element that all those personal stories I follow have in common is ACTION.  Each one of those individuals  overcame some fear/resistance. They took one step, then another, and then another… But they ALL started with that first step. They made mistakes along the way and then continually adjusted along the way. I can do that too, right?

You can’t do anything without taking Action – even if it’s just one tiny step.  Sometimes I feel the king of inaction. I bought the domain andresvaldes.com over a year ago and I never took real action out of fear and waiting for the perfect idea or ideal moment to start. (I have three kids so it’s not like I was just home chillin’.) And now after all that time I realize that the perfect time will never come. The perfect moment is when we decide to take aggressive action towards our dreams and goals.

I’m starting with a short post, so that I don’t get stuck over thinking my words and my image. I know this because what was supposed to be my first post was so long and complex that it has taken me over a month to write.  And when I finished, it seemed so fake I scrapped it.

So let me start with something simple and authentic. Let’s keep it real. I’m learning that simplicity and authenticity is they key to a lot of things.

Wish me luck on this journey of self-discovery (and learning the tech side of a blog.) Or better yet, join me, but either way I’m here if you need help.


    9 replies to "On Taking Action"

    • Farnoosh

      This is a FANTASTIC first post, it’s a whole lot better than my 100th post even. Seriously Andres, thank you for believing in yourself and for taking this first step, this action towards creating the business and the life you desire. I’m one of your biggest fans and forever here to support you. Keep It Up!

    • Andres Valdes

      Thank you for the encouragement and all the help, Farnoosh!

    • jane

      I will always be supportive of all your endeavors big or small. The one thing that propels me forwards always is a promise I made to myself when I was very young “to live life with as few regrets as possible” in the words of Plato according to Socrates “an unexamined life is a not worth living”–enjoy your blog and include some pictures.

    • Carissa

      Andres,
      This is a great first post! I think you make EXCELLENT points that everyone could benefit from reading about, and I admire your courage to be so open and vulnerable! I’m looking forward to reading more posts and following regularly! 🙂

      -Carissa

      • Andres Valdes

        Thanks so much, Carissa! It’s so encouraging to get some positive feedback. It makes feel less crazy or ,better said, more comfortable with my craziness. 🙂

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    • Lissette Meza

      Andres I have no idea about your blog. Congratulations!!! I absolutely love it . Que Dios te bendiga! A hug Lissette

      • Andres Valdes

        Thanks, Lissette, your encouragement means a lot to me. Les deseo todo lo mejor y que Dios los siga bendiciendo.

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