Yes By Default

When someone asks me to participate in a project, the answer is almost always “yes.” With a caveat: whoever asked me has to kickstart the enterprise – to go first. I’ll come in behind, as support.

Most projects are never going anywhere. Everyone has an idea for a book, a podcast, a movie, a business. But almost nobody has the ability to start, to generate enough force to overcome entropy and take the first steps.

In that situation, I was the guy who said “yes.” A word that cost me no more than a few cubic centimeters of air, created a trusting connection between me and another person, helped build a reputation for generosity. It was a zero effort win.

And what if the person can kickstart their idea? What if the project goes forward?

Now I’m working with a person who knows how to get things started.

Not a bad position.