Start Where You Are

Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.-George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver discovered alternative ways to replenish soil after multiple plantings of cotton. During the late 1800’s when cotton was an important economic resource he determined the planting of peanuts and soybeans would be an effective measure for bringing back the soil and a different source of income for farmers. 

Carver was a scientist, botanist, and Christian. He believed everything we need to do our best work and serve the world. The Creator had given in the soil and raw materials of the earth. We just needed to slow down and look around. 

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

Everyday we believe a lie and it goes like this:

if I had “X” I could start and/or create this thing. The “X” typically are money, talent, skill, and time. 

Money is not an excuse. You can research and use the Internet at the public library or coffee shop. Start a podcast with a $20 microphone and free blog. Use free software to write your book and borrow a computer. Money is not an obstacle. 

Talent is overrated. Hard work wins the day. You will get better as you work hard. Talent is developed by doing. Most talented people just work harder than others.

Time is available to all. Most people waste it on work that is not important and doesn’t move your art forward: social media, Netflix, and other media. We have more leisure time available to us than anytime in history. Phones, email, cars, computers, electricity, and the Internet make communication streamlined and save hours everyday. 

Start where you are with what you have... you'll be surprised of what God has already provided.