A lot of people talk about the things they’re going to do… some day.

Fewer people actually do things.

The great thing about doing things is that, for most of them, you don’t need anyone’s permission.

Of course, there are some exceptions. If you want to take out someone’s appendix, for example, you need to be a surgeon, and there’s a path for that. Same for practicing law or being a grade school teacher or adopting children. You’ve got to get permission, jump through some hoops to do those.

But you can do most other things without asking anyone.

Write a book. Write a song. Make art. Start a business. Help someone who needs it.

Quit talking about it and just do it.

In his book Love Does, Bob Goff says “secretly incredible” people know the difference:

Being secretly incredible goes against the trend that says to do anything incredible you have to buy furniture and a laptop, start an organization, have a mission statement, and labor endlessly over a statement of faith. Secretly incredible people just do things.

Don’t wait for someone else’s permission. Do your thing.