For Those Who Want to Create

Why It’s So Hard to Start Your Dream

Luke Jackson
2 min readMay 26, 2020

We’re the ones who seek wisdom and growth like it’s our last breath of air.

We’re the ones that dive headlong into podcasts with the promise of a new way of life, a new perspective, a new mindset. We struggle to decide if we want the hardcover in a week or the kindle version of a book right now. We follow inspirational people and videos online in fascination and an extremely specific kind of tension.

The kind of tension that a sprinter feels poised and ready to burst in the last few seconds before the pop of the starting pistol. We wait, looking for a sign to start. A few more seconds — nothing. We’ve trained so hard for this, we’re scared, maybe some more training — a week, a month, a year. THEN we’ll hear the pop of the starting pistol, a sign we’re supposed to start. But no sound comes, we’re stuck in this limbo of fear and longing towards the finish line, our feet on our marks, getting set, and waiting for the signal to go.

One of the most difficult things in life I’ve overcome is accepting that there is no starting pistol to let us know when to start working on our dreams.

That’s when I realized that we have to act, really act. It’s about the plunge — inching yourself into the beautifully cold pool only takes up more time and stops you from your maximum growth.

GaryVee and Seth Godin, some of the top creatives out there say that this is the best time to create something, something meaningful. Share your story, share your authentic truth. You cannot make a mistake being genuine and compassionate. You are a contribution to the world, and every perspective is as unique as the person who wields it.

The period at the end of this sentence is the shot of your starting pistol, go.



Luke Jackson

Designer. Musician. Writer.