Last night I went to a crochet class. I know. People who know me well are still in disbelief.
They reckon that they’d never live to see the day I’d speak those words. But it’s true.
I booked in on impulse that morning and decided ‘Why not?’ because, this year, I’m committed to exploring and nurturing my creativity. So I figured I’d expose myself to an activity that wouldn’t normally be on my radar. Crocheting a rug. Yep, you read that correctly.
As it turned out, I’ve discovered that crochet is unlikely to become my life’s passion (yes, I can already hear some of you say “Ya think?”).
But, as a result of booking in, I discovered:
- A beautiful workshop space near my home that holds regular classes in art and creativity. (In case you’re wondering, it’s Little Lane Workshops. This isn’t sponsored, I just really enjoyed myself). I’ll definitely be back.
- New materials I didn’t know about which we used to crochet. While I didn’t fall in love with crochet, I fell in love with the materials and bought a truckful before the night was over.
And I had a lot of fun. Alongside the crochet, there was lovely champagne, cheese and bikkies. What a great way to crochet!
During the class, one woman said: “One of the things that stops me from crocheting is that I never know how much wool I need to buy. So I never get started because I’m always afraid that I won’t have enough wool to finish. Or I’m afraid I’m going to be left over with a lot of wool – and that would be a waste. So that’s what blocks me from doing it.”
I was surprised at her comment. But then I realised that we all take this kind of thinking into many aspects of our lives – including business.
- “I’m not ready to hire a new staff member because I might not have enough for them to do.”
- “I won’t invest in that technology because what if it doesn’t work out.”
- “I’m not going to launch that new product because what if no one buys it.”
Ultimately, it’s about taking risks. But there are ways to minimise that risk. You can negotiate a trial period if you’re buying new technology. You can ensure you have a bunch of new projects that will more than occupy a new staff member. You can follow a crochet pattern that specifies the amount of wool you need.
Then there is the age old excuse: “But even if I minimise my risk, I’ll never get that time back.”
No, you won’t.
Get over it.
First, it never takes as much time as you think.
Second, it’s not a waste because I guarantee that if you open yourself up to learning, you’ll discover other useful or inspiring aspects of the experience that may lead you to an even more exciting path.
Take the risk. Bother to do the thing you’ve often thought about but never got around to. And don’t be afraid if it doesn’t change your life straight away – it may simply be the first step in a direction that’s actually perfect for you.