I read the book Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madison in one sitting. And no, it wasn’t just because one of the chapter titles is Just Show Up which is a bit of a family motto. And no, it wasn’t because it is a guide to the specific techniques of improvisational theater (if you want that check out the classic book Impro).
Rather, I was intrigued by a theme I’ve sensed in my own life that she articulated well. In college I was in an improv troupe Just Add Water (would you believe me if I said I auditioned on a whim?) and in high school was a founding member of another group called Under the Bed. Jumping into business right from college felt connected to me. Now I understand better why.
Improvisational skills and the Yes And approach to life applies well to business (and many other areas of life). She explicitly calls out entrepreneurship as a place where a willingness to pay attention, show up and react to the facts as they are serves you well. And I agree. Maybe people get too busy planning their business or their life that they forget to live their dreams.
Admittedly, you can overdue spontaneity. And I definitely do my fair share of planning (maybe more than I should).
That said, I still advise entrepreneurs to Act Now. Get some forward motion. And figure out the exact direction later. It is much easier to adjust than it is to get started at all. Take the first step.