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Editor’s Pick Of The Week: What Could YOU Do In a Year?

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Because “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. This week’s Editor’s Pick is meant to inspire you to take action toward what you really want to do.


The author of this post, Sandy Grason, currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief at Unreasonable.is. She is currently working on mastering the moves from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

What you don’t see is the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working.

This week’s pick is “Guy Learns to Dance in a Year”, but this isn’t about dancing. It’s about starting. Starting something that you’ve always dreamed of doing. Maybe you’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first business. Maybe you’re an athlete trying to get off the couch and run your first marathon. Maybe you’re a songwriter dreaming of writing your first song.

Dancer, Karen X. Cheng says: “When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.”

At Unreasonable Group we value Daily Habits & Learning so much so that we put it at the top of our weekly & monthly Action Items, and if we miss a day we put $50 into the “Unreasonable Party Jar”, (that’s a good motivator to do what you say you want to do). My goal this year is to fully incorporate movement & exercise into my daily life, but after watching this video I think I’m going to change that to “become an athlete” because it sounds way more inspiring to me.

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The path is stretched out before you. Anything is possible. What could YOU do in a year?

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Sandy is Editor-in-Chief of Unreasonable.is and the author of Journalution. Prior to becoming Unreasonable, Sandy created & hosted The Road To Fabulous talk show on LA Talk...

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  • Jennifer Lynn

    What Could You Do in a Year? This blog spoke to me as soon as I read the title. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to try a triathlon but it took a lot of motivation to get started. This man who learned to dance in a year found that all he had to do was get up and try and so often I think this is the most difficult part of the journey.
    I understand that people are generally at the top of their game when we see them perform on stage but I would argue that sometimes people just have to put themselves out there even if they are not 100% ready for the big leagues. I believe we have to take risks.

  • Alexandra Helena Marie Nicolof

    When the question, “What could you do in a year?” is put before me, I get an overwhelming sense of excitement. Having a specific goal in mind could help me achieve so much. Accomplishments are all about mindset, as the man demonstrates in the video above. If my heart is really dedicated to something, I know I’ll never give up, even after setbacks. I participate in yoga on a regular basis which can be very humbling at times, but when looking back I know I’ve gotten stronger, more flexible and am able to do more poses than before. I think the key is truly to never give up, and improvement WILL come. Out of curiosity, when is a time that something, unrelated to work, has given you difficulties but you refused to give up? How does this affect your life today? Thank you for this motivational read. I was in a bit of a funk this morning. :)

  • Cory Zaeske

    “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” This might be one of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard. I think this is somethin everyone should live by. Many people whether in grade school, high school, college, or the real world want to be great or they won’t do it. What needs to be understood is the hard work put in behind the scenes. If everyone could grasp this concept they could be everything they dreamed of being. I really likes the many great quotes in this article and it is my hope that many more people watch this video and read this blog.

  • Britnee_Kay

    The question, “what could you do in a year” has so many things for me to personally think about. When 2014 came around, I knew that it was going to be a year for huge changes in my life: finishing my third year of college, starting my senior year, going to a place I have never been for school; all of these are things that I KNEW were coming and I was expecting. Something I have personally aspired to do in a year is read the whole Bible and understand the message it has for me personally and then going out and living my life according to that. This may not seem like a huge goal for someone else, but it is something that I have wanted to do since I was a very young girl, but every time I started I never finished because I never understood what I was reading. Now to finally finish something I have always wanted to, and applying it to my everyday life, will have much larger effects on my life than just getting the Bible read. It will teach me that I can finish things that once seemed so challenging to me if I just try hard enough and push through the hard parts. I suppose a question to ask someone would be what are the benefits you will get from accomplishing something in a year? In the end, will it make you stronger, smarter, a better person, more humble or more considerate of others? Or will it simply just give you the self confidence that you can actually finish something and follow all the way through with it?

  • byrnesbk24

    First off, Id like to say that the guy in this video seems to be able to dance pretty well right from the start, he clearly had some skill and kept working at it to get better and/or perfect it. The message is very inspiring regardless of this guys skills. If your passionate about something and you work hard at it you can accomplish more. Most of the time people don’t think of the work that is going on behind the scenes of something great. Most people don’t think about that kind of stuff and if they did they might appreciate the piece of work more.

  • Logan Dohmeier

    “What could you do in a year?” When I read this question and watch the video one word comes to mind… Action! Taking this advice and applying it to the health field, one needs to understand that ideas and “talk” about doing things to change lifestyles are great, but it will never be accomplished if one doesn’t take action. Step up and take that challenge and if you stick to it many will be surprised at what they are capable of. If someone wants to start exercising, begin in moderation maybe a day or two a week. Then start to increase your routine and exercise two, three, or even four times a week; by the end of the year if you continue the trend the improvements made will be priceless. The journey you decide to take will always find ways to lead you to a roadblock or send you into a “funk”, but perseverance, determination, and goal setting are key. What do you think are some of the best approaches to beginning any challenge?

  • Jen McKiernan

    The quote “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great” is very inspiring. People get so caught up in their daily lives and always say that they will start “tomorrow” and constantly push off what they want to do thinking that just one more day won’t make a difference. It takes a lot of motivation to take that first step and a lot of dedication to continue to push for your dreams after dealing with all the struggles it takes but the video shows that it is worth all of the hard work. What do you think is the best way to find that inner motivation to get started?

  • Enock Kwesi Addey

    I totally agree with you! “I suppose a question to ask someone would be what are the benefits you will get from accomplishing something in a year? In the end, will it make you stronger, smarter, a better person, more humble or more considerate of others? Or will it simply just give you the self confidence that you can actually finish something and follow all the way through with it?”

  • hanzimm23

    I love this quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to
    be great.” It is very inspiring to every individual, especially to me. People
    always have aspirations to do so many new and different things but who really
    sits down and takes the time to accomplish them? Not many people. This quote
    makes me want to be great and start something that I never thought I’d ever do
    in my lifetime. The time is now and I can’t wait to get started, particularly
    on my 2014 goals. LETS GO!!!

  • Alyssa Borgrud

    When watching “What could you do in a year”, I was really enlightened to see the progress in the main character. This video provides a positive outlook on the fact that if you set your mind to something, that you can achieve it. Watching this characters dancing progress over the course of the year is a prime example of this. One question I would have for the author of this post is what made you want to use dancing progress as your example? Although it was very interesting to follow, it seems that there are many other things that one could work on over the course of one year.

  • Leija2014

    Thank you for sharing this! I absolutely loved the quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” I really liked this clip and article because it gives you the inspiration and motivation to really start something you’ve always wanted to do. I started thinking about 2014 because last year was one of the hardest years of my life. My parents divorced, I lost my grandmother to sickness, and I lost one of the most influential professors to suicide. So this year, I want it all to be about positive energy and doing what’s best for me. But the question I have is, where do I start?

  • Janna Bartels

    WOW! What a cool video! It’s so inspiring to see someone take action on something they want to do and to see them stick with it. When I think of the things I want to do/learn, it’s not usually the “starting” part, it’s the “sticking with it” part. I agree with the quote “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”. I would add; however, sticking with your goal/dream and not giving up on it when it seems too big is just as important to becoming great.

  • clemonsel02

    I wanted to start out by saying thank you for this amazingly motivational video. I found my self while watching this video thinking to myself, what could I do if I really practiced something everyday for a year? I could get back in shape to play soccer again, something I have always dreamed of doing. I think this is important for people to see because they could take this as the inspiration to get started on whatever their dream is, just like my dream for playing soccer again. I think that this video and your quote “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”, could give people the courage to do something they have always wanted to but never thought they could. I was wondering though why did you choose dancing for your showing of the inspiration? Does it have a personal meaning to you?

  • TallPaul14

    This was an awesome video, and just goes to show that not everyone is born with talent, it takes lots and lots of practice to be great at something. It’s that motivation and drive that will give you the results you want in whatever it is you’re trying to do.I like the idea of “becoming an athlete”, instead of just trying to work out more. Putting a fun twist on your goals and giving them a cool title definitely helps with motivation, and it’s a tip that I’m going to try myself!

  • Josh Pritchard

    I completely agree with the quote “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great” by Zig Ziglar. I think that the man who learned to dance in a year is a fantastic example of “What Could You Do in a Year.” Just think about it.. 365 days, what could you do? I for one, can think of a lot to do in a year. And just this year so far, I was accepted into Grad School, I’ll be pursuing an internship and I even got a dog. One whole year is a lot to think about. I bowl for Whitewater and I want to get better and better and see the team make Nationals. This would be a great accomplishment for the school and the team. A year is lots of practice, lots of work, and dedication.

  • Michelle Spruch

    Thanks so much for sharing the video! Sometimes it’s easier to take the first step into learning a new skill (or any other goal, for that matter) after you see someone’s success. I couldn’t agree more – “you have to start to be great”

  • LaurenSE

    Thank you so much for sharing this video and article! It’s a simple but great way to get people motivated and inspired. I’ve always thought about all the things I want to learn or activities I want to do, but I always put it off and say, “oh, you’ll get around to it.” This was a great opportunity for me though, to actually sit down and think about what it is I want to learn. I’ve made a list and will start checking activities off right away! I’ve been inspired, thank you. Just out of curiosity, what is an example of something “you’ve done in a year”? I’m sure there’s a wild list, but what is one of the most exciting things?

  • http://www.sandygrason.com/ Sandy Grason

    Great question @LaurenSE:disqus and I have a great example. I wrote my book in one year. :-) I signed the contract in Dec 2003 & the manuscript was due January 2005. There were smaller deadlines throughout the year to keep me on track with my editor, but it took about one year to complete the whole manuscript. And it was a really amazing experience!

  • http://www.sandygrason.com/ Sandy Grason

    Actually, someone sent me this video & I thought it was a great example of what you can accomplish in a year with dedication & practice. I thought it could apply to so many things in life. It inspired me so I wanted to share it with you!

  • http://www.sandygrason.com/ Sandy Grason

    @Leija2014:disqus I’m so sorry you had such a tough year, I’m sending you my most powerful mojo for a much better 2014. I don’t know the answer to “where do I start?” for you, but I bet you do. Maybe grab a blank piece of paper (or open a blank document on your computer) and write at the top of the page “What I’d love to do in 2014″ and just see what comes out? Set a timer for 5-10 minutes & just write as fast as you can until the timer goes off. Don’t edit yourself. Let yourself write every crazy thing that pops into your mind. When the timer goes off, take a look at your list and see what feels the most fun to “start”. Let me know what you pick!

  • http://www.sandygrason.com/ Sandy Grason

    I agree @alyssaborgrud:disqus you could pick anything. I just loved this video, dancing is so visual and I loved the music. I thought it was a fun example of what you can accomplish in one year. (a video of someone starting a business or writing a book wouldn’t have been as fun to watch, most likely) ha ha

  • http://www.sandygrason.com/ Sandy Grason

    I think sharing your dreams & goals with others is a great way to start. They can help hold you accountable when your motivation is lagging.

  • natebbeard

    Incremental daily changes or that short amount of time that you spend every day is what I really need to do. The $50 party payment is a great motivator, and having a community that keeps me accountable would really help. I think that coincides with the general 10,000 hour “rule” of expertise. I remember someone telling me when I was younger to always spend one hour a day working towards my future or something I wanted to do in the future. I need the accountability part more probably. I’m setting two goals (things I’ve kind of been working on anyways): 1. to work every day at least for 30 minutes on a side project that could become an Unreasonable business, and 2. to read/write/blog for at least 30 minutes a day as well because I love literature. Thanks for the post Sandy!

    Do you think the performer or entrepreneur sees all those hours of labor and sweat and tears? Or do they just see that final point and moment of glory too?

  • MeierKM23

    Thank you so much for sharing this video and the article. It was short but had enough to show how one person was motivated enough to want to learn and improve at something and stuck with it. As soon as I saw the title, I knew I wanted to watch it and read because I am a motivated person and believe that if you really want something you should go after it and put hard work into it. After reading and watching this video, I am going to make a goal to learn or try something new this year and stick with it!! Also, the quote by Zig Ziglar “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” I agree with because if you start something new you don’t have to be great at first but in order to have success you have to start somewhere! Thanks again for sharing and inspiring me! Is there any new thing or another dream that you’d like to acclomplish this year?

  • Fabian Laguna

    I never understood hard work until I did it. It is not easy to get off you ass and start, it is very difficult in fact, especially with so many distractions this day in age. I used to hear people say these things to me “Hard work pays off” or “Practice makes perfect”, the meaning couldn’t be more obvious yet I failed to grasp the meaning. My advice to anyone is to start doing anything, and try. The best decision Ive ever made is to simply try, every time as hard as I can. Given, I don’t always perform my best, but I try to as best I can. So I guess one could say that I am always trying as much as possible. Now, nothing seems to be unachievable as long as I continue to try.

  • BartuchGR11

    I thought this blog was really useful because it was exactly what I need to give me that extra drive to try something new. I agree completely with the quote ” you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” This quote is really telling you that in order to become good at something you have to start working at it just like the dancer had to learn how to dance in order to become great.

  • katie bartlein

    I love the message this blog gets across. This blog gives me the encouragement to start a new ‘project’. Whether this project deals with school, fitness, or even dancing, it is telling me to get started. The hardest part of any project is getting started. After watching this post, I was curious to know if this individual was really taped daily, or what type of timeline the video was produced on. Either way, I thought the post was very influential and motivating!

  • mcniffm

    I love this idea! I love the idea of challenging yourself with setting out a goal for every year. I think that this is a great concept to get you to try new things and really challenge yourself and open up your world to experiencing things you may never have thought to do.

  • vitalecm03

    The message in this video is amazing! More people should strive to try something new and stick to it instead of being discouraged right away when you don’t succeed from the first try. Everything takes time and effort and as long as you have both you can be great at anything you want to be great at!

  • justin bowers

    This is one of the most inspirational videos I’ve seen in a long time. The message is so powerful and can apply to everybody. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” is so powerful because it’s so true. No matter what you’re doing, if you continue to do it, day by day, you will get better and get that much closer to being great at it. People always want a quick fix. But those don’t exist unless you’re super rich but even then they could botch the surgery, so that only leaves you with one choice. Consistency. Keep doing it. You can’t expect to be amazing the first time you try something. It takes practice. One question I have is where do you find these inspirational videos? These types of videos are definitely a great add to the blogs!

  • lex_alwaysMIA

    This video speaks to me in so many volumes! As I reflect on life, anything that you want to do you have to put forth the effort. Over a span of one year he was able to move like jagger. I can only imagine what he could do if he continued to dance. What I enjoyed about the video is it was simplistic yet the message was conveyed in several interpretations. The editor of this blog I would want to know how did you come up with this concept. Well done!

  • jbrycewilson

    Simple, easy video. But how great. Reminds me of the saying it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. Regardless of whether this is an accurate figure, no one (Ok, maybe a select super talented people…) is amazing at anything right from the get go. When considering life pursuits ranging from careers to hobbies and interests, sometimes the only missing piece is taking the first step. It takes time, just have to be willing to invest the time required.

  • Drew Cox

    First of all what an amazing video, thanks for opening the door of possibilities for so many of us! This video not only inspires me to get up and start something, but also reminds me that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time, hard work, and dedication to achieve success. Motivation may come hard at times but the light at the end of the tunnel will come. We can complete so many tasks in one day, why not devote a small amount of time working on that one goal or change we strive for! How many long term goals such as this one have you accomplished? I’d love to hear more from you in hopes that my goals don’t slip out of my fingertips from lack of motivation! Thanks again

  • Mcgrailkk30

    Sandy,

    Thanks for the encouragement. This video is so inspiring and reminds me to just get out there and do something. I let myself become so preoccupied with my everyday “to do” list of homework, laundry, groceries, etc. that I forget to make time for what I really WANT to do. This video and the quote from Karen X. Cheng serve as great reminders that learning something new and becoming great at it takes time; it doesn’t happen overnight and we must be patient with the results.

    It’s funny that I saw this post today because just yesterday morning I received this inspirational text from a friend: “remember that sucking at something is just the first step to being kinda good at something.” With this is mind, the process of learning something new doesn’t seem so scary.

    My question for you, Sandy, is why do you think people have to video tape themselves everyday or charge themselves $50 in order to do something they truly want to do?

  • Jcoppa

    Sandy,

    This message is so inspiring, it reminds me that success isn’t far away. If we strive for something and work hard each and everyday, we will always come within arms reach of it. With a little perseverance and and resilience we can make our goals the real deal.

    My question to you is how can we keep our motivation strong in times of distress. For example, dancing in the cold slows the muscles down, thus making it more difficult to dance. How can I keep pushing through academically when I feel slowed down by the pressures of things like, friends, money and even the inevitable failures that seem to drain me?

  • Kait Harman

    Sandy,

    This is videos message was so motivating and real. I also want to start to work out everyday I always say I would love to be in better shape but my issue is I go on spurts of working out everyday sometimes twice a day for a couple months then I stop. The jar was a wonderful Idea I may need to put into affect for myself.
    I do not understand why we do not make an effort to do the things we desire but sit and dream of what life could be if we did that one thing we always think of (for me working out). I think of how healthy I could be, and how I could feel better and more confident but I still struggle to do these things everyday and make excuses.

  • Keeli Gilbert

    Thanks for the motivation! After recently tearing my meniscus, I have
    found it hard to get and move on with my life the way it was before. After watching this video makes me want to
    get out and do more! It reminds me that
    life is too short to sit around waiting for something happen. Also, makes me question why I am not doing
    more. Goals are a huge part of everyone’s
    life, or should be, and his video really inspires me to set higher goals so I
    fight for them. Have you ever been stuck
    in a position where you weren’t sure you were ever going to reach your goals and
    wanted to give up? If so, what have you done, or been doing, to fight through the
    negativity? I would love to hear more
    from you and get more opinions on what others do when they are in a bind, like me! Thanks for the perspective!

  • susantok

    I like the quote “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. This is a very inspiring and motivating quote and post!!! I am a young music producer and I have been struggling to start because I do not have the basic foundation. I become discouraged and started to give up because it is very difficult. Well, now I will try again and I hope I will finish my first track!

  • Leija2014

    Thank you so much for the reply and advice! The topic I chose from my list was to start playing my guitar again. Music is something that’s always been a huge part of me and I think it would do me some good to strum a tune every now and again! Thank you so much :)

  • hem1

    Wow! Motivating article and video. Seeing how the guy can go from not knowing how to dance, to dancing like a professional in a year really makes me think that people can achieve so many things if they put their mind to it. Not only in terms of dancing but languages, sports, physical fitness, and lots more. Taking the first step is the hardest but if you stay motivated, you can reach so many goals. This video is a perfect example. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephen Chandra Owen

    Very wonderful post!!! I feel motivated and inspired after reading the post. I was thinking to open my own business and I am very confused on how I should open my business. But, I think the important thing of opening a business is to have the willingness to do that and plan it perfectly.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    Sandy,

    This video message was amazing! I loved the story behind it. Even if I wouldn’t have read the article with it, I would have totally understood the concept you were trying to portray. The quote, “You don;t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great,” is such an inspiring quote. This post all together was very inspiring and motivating. One of my favorite hobbies has always been singing, but I never took the chance to pursue it. This post has really encouraged me to think about doing so. I have always thought “Whats the point of pursuing singing, if their is always going to be someone better than me.” I realized that I shouldn’t think like this. I should take the time in one year and really try and better myself. I would just like to thank you for writing such an inspiring post. I would love to know how your moves from the Michael Jackson thriller video are going?

    -Jessica Mendoza

  • IndartoEpriladinata

    The video and article reminds me to not only dream to be
    great but also endeavor and persevere. I think I should try to make resolutions
    in my life and pursue it within the very shortest time.

    Thanks for the article, Sandy.

  • Brian Tanudjaja

    Very inspiring video! For me, starting to do something that I have always dreamed to do is easy. What’s hard is to keep doing it until I master or become good at it. Thanks for the motivation Sandy!

  • Alexanderia Horton

    It’s so important here to point out that it takes 21 days to form a habit! After 21 days, it’s breeze to get started (again.. for the 22 time) and hopefully get better at whatever you set your mind.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=254641687&trk=hb_tab_pro_top Taryn Loo

    Oh my gosh I can see such a huge improvement in just 175 days! And by the end, on day 365 he was incredible! Dancing in the snow is no easy task. I love the quote at the end, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Great words to live by.

  • nguye107

    Thanks for the inspiring video! This video speaks to me because it reminds me to start my plan instead of just dreaming about it and hoping it will come true. Good result does require hard work and time.

  • goanthony

    I think this article is a really good inspiration for all of us. The statement “you dont have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” indirectly reminds us to not looking at the past, but looking forward and start with a better plan.

  • AmandaBrom

    Thank you for sharing this story with us! I feel that it is inspirational to see someone’s hard work pay off. This is very helpful for the people who are looking to make a difference in their lives. I believe that this can give some people the motivation they need to make their first step. What gave you the idea to write and create this video? Was there anything you changed over a year? This gives me the motivation to continue working hard to accomplish my goals.

  • bmdillon

    This is so great and goofy, I’m glad this was shared! Very motivational and inspiring. I am ready to find something to work very hard at.

  • chrinsmas

    Thank you for inspiring video and message. I love to watch Gopro videos that people challenge themselves to be better than yesterday.

  • treehugger90

    Awesome video! I love to dance and your message is very motivational. It also makes me think some people including myself need to have more self confidence about finishing goals; such as drinking more water or to eat better. It was very encouraging and I agree “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” People are only going to get some where if they start a goal and make it worthwhile!

  • PKroening

    Thank you for sharing this video! This video really shows that if you put the time in and really want to do something, that anything is possible. I wish we could have seen him just work on one dance throughout the whole year so we could see him thoroughly perfect the dance.

  • lamt5

    Inspiring… It is a great reminder to get started! Taking those first baby steps is always the hardest part, but the most critical time. This video made me think of a few friends I’ve been helping learn snowboarding. Being that they are from Hawaii, snow is already a pretty foreign element. So as I keep reiterating to them, it isn’t about shredding through the terrain park on your first day, it’s just about working on the small things. No one learns how to run before they walk.

  • Jack Delabar

    What an awesome article/video, Sandy! Thank you for sharing! It is an awesome way to look at the attitude that could change a life and a really good quote. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to be great to start!”. Just seeing how good this man got at dancing in one year really makes me wonder, “what could I do in a year?” I don’t put that kind of dedication into anything I do at this point in time but it makes me realize that when I find that thing that I am passionate about, the possibilities are endless. What other things have people dedicated their time to try to accomplish in a year?

  • OngA17

    This is so inspiring. I love blogging but it’s so hard to find inspirations sometimes when you are so numb from meeting deadlines where you simply post anything online that deemed interesting/slightly inspiring. This brings me to my next point: the pressure of the society. Most of us always put our dreams and passions on hold for so many reasons, or should I say excuses. But that is when we lost sight of what life is really about! True happiness often comes from doing what we love and what we have a passion for, whether it’s dancing or learning how to play the piano. We just need a push and you’ve accomplished it. I completely agree with your attitude of starting something, even if it’s something simple like blogging. It is true that one doesn’t have to be great to start, but has to start to be great. I love this post. Thank you for sharing.

  • John Darrow

    Thank you for posting this video. When only reading the title it does not do this video or its message justice at all. ” To be great you only have to start.” Something at when read sounds so simple it seems as though it should come as common sense to most of us. This is great reminder that maybe it is necessary to take the extra time to begin something that an individual as always talked about doing but never had the time. Maybe improving on those little things can bring us to be that much happier as we go through life. Because often it is the little things that can bring us the most joy. Great video to share and I enjoyed every second.

  • Guest

    The video is a great complement to your post. And it’s true that now the World’s flattened, the possibilities of everything is easier and faster to be achieved. Thanks, this is very true and inspriring

  • nguyenb7

    The video is a great complement to your post. And it’s true that now the World’s flattened, the possibilities of everything is easier and faster to be achieved. Thanks, this is very true and inspriring

  • nguyenb7

    I forgot to log in for this comment. It’s mine to start with, sorry for the confusing

  • ignatius epriladinata

    This post is really
    inspiring. This video tells us to start for something that we have dreamed of;
    even though, it would not be great in the beginning, but that’s ok. The only
    thing matter is that you can be great when you start something.

  • Sara Sanchez

    This article brings up a very crucial point for all of us. I have many goals in my life (traveling across the world), and I make steps to complete them (saving money and vacation time). It is all about the goals people desire and their motivation to make that first step to starting them.

  • nornesa

    I really like this post because it gets to the core of
    who we are as human beings…we have so much potential to do all sorts of things if
    we only give something new a try. Stop
    writing to-do lists and start doing. I want
    to jump out of an airplane one day…when I’m 80.
    In the meantime, I want to learn how to tango, drop 50 pounds, run a
    marathon, learn a third language, make a turkey dinner and write a couple of
    books. Let’s see…which one will it be
    this year?

  • Andersonjc16

    I enjoyed this reading, the way we set goals i feel sometimes can be too specified. we need to make things more broad so that their can be more options and ways to succeed at the goal. Such as it said i want to exercise more and thus put i want to become and athlete. Being an athlete is so open and can be explored so many ways why limit ourselves to certain ideas of what our goals can be, determine your goals along the way if need be.

  • ohtanim

    We are always going to be surrounded by someone that is smarter than ourselves or something that can do things with greater ease in comparison to others. But this post really shined through in that idea that a person cannot doubt his or her own greatness if a person doesn’t even try or strive to be great.

  • jsuuu

    Love the quote “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to be great to start”. We always hear the words “never late to start”, but we are too lazy to starting something always but yet jealous about other’s success. Yes, it is never late to start up something but starting is a very hard task. If we start to do something, it means that we are on the half way of success.

  • turbo_frey

    Great article Sandy. I truly agree that one does not have to be great to start, but that they do have to start in order to be great. The difference between watching someone perform greatness and actually being the performer is the decision each initially chose. The hardest part in life is starting something and remaining committed to it, but it is also the most satisfactory thing in life once accomplished. It is difficult to disagree with you argument, however, some may say they never chose the life they live, but instead it chose them. Some people are destined for greatness and some have pure skill. So how do we continue to educate others in not taking what they already have for granted, but instead share it with others and continually excel?

  • linhvu1411

    In the first half, I was thinking that I just wasted 50 seconds of my life watching this. As I continue, I can see clearly his improvement through time. And at the end, he is great performer. However, its not special without that inspirational quote: “You don’t have to great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Furthermore, your article also support the point that lif one love what he/she does and be consistent with it, success will be there for them.

  • Joseph

    Awesome video. After watching this video I was really inspired to continue to learn how to play guitar. I absolutely love the quote at the end of the video. I really think that quote can have a huge impact not just on my life but on many others. To see how far someone can come in a year is astounding. I am going to share this video with as many people as i can.
    I feel like everyone today wants to be successful in life however they don’t want it bad enough. Sure they may talk about it but are they actually doing something about it? This video is a representation of that. Karen X. Cheng wanted to learn to dance. I am sure he spent hundreds of hours learning about dance and how to dance. After a year i’d say that he is a pretty good dancer now. The most important step that you can take is that first one. Once you have taken that first step keep going with it, you never know where it will take you.

    Also good luck Sandy on trying to master the thriller moves. Tried to have a wedding party learn it and dance to it. It was a failure.

  • duongh1

    I agree with Karen there. We always see successful people and envy for their success but we don’t usually know the prices that they have to pay for it.

  • nvuong

    Even after you start to make your dreams reality there are plenty of hurdles along the way.

  • Palecekb

    Sandy, I think the video was great. It was so interesting to see the progress he was making throughout the year. It really shows us only what we want to see. What I mean by this is we do not see his hard work and dedication each and everyday. We only get to see his progress. There is no mess ups or mistakes recorded when I am sure they have happened. I think that this video can really teach people to be appreciative and say good job to those who work hard at something and never know the behind the scenes. I think to make the video more relatable and influential to viewers would be to have an extras section at the end showing the mistakes and bloopers to show the hard work toward his end goal.

  • Daniel John

    Thank you for sharing this video. I agree with you when you said, this video is about starting something new. I am a terrible dancer and this inspires me to start trying. The quote was perfect for this video, it made me think of the possibilities that i could achieve if i just become more dedicated. This video shows dedication because they continued to dance for a full year. Another way of becoming great at something new, is never giving up.

  • Caitlin23

    Thanks for this awesome video! I recently stopped teaching myself how to play the ukulele but after watching this I think I will continue! I loved all the good quotes, as I will for sure use them in other life situations. This is another example of overcoming obstacles to achieve your ultimate goal, whatever it is. You are a very inspiring person and I hope you continue to follow your dreams!

  • Jessica Walker

    I found this video to be not only entertaining but it also served as an eye opener. Most of the time,say if you see someone performing, you do not see them through their learning process –you see the finalized, perfected product. This was just a glimpse of the efforts people put into something they enjoy or have their mind set on. Sometimes we need to take a step back and realize how we got there, and all of the hardships we have had to overcome. Doing this may make us better appreciate the place we are in right now. I would like to know, what made you think to record this and keep up with it for an entire year? Do you have footage from every time you practiced or learned something new?

  • TeamGarvin

    I love the quote you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. It just goes to show that no matter what it takes time. Anything you want to achieve in life can be great with a little bit of time. Everyone in today’s society expects results right away weather if its’s with knowledge, weightless, or financial status. In all reality they can all be achievable with a little bit of time and a great mental attitude.

  • Austin Dorman

    Very awesome video! It was a true eye opener for me. There are many things that I have always wanted to do but never took the time to do. The quote at the end sums it up very well. This video gives me the inspiration to go out and do some of those things that I have always wanted to try and get good at. For some reason playing the harmonica is something that has always seemed interesting to me, I think it would be neat to try and film a similar video like this of my experience for my own personal benefit. So I’m wondering if the dancer video taped their dancing every day? Or did they just video tape every now and then after learning something new?

  • Max Rude

    I completely agree with this video. So many people never get started on there dreams. This movie clip makes me think about all the stuff i started and just stop doing. If everyone would just spend one year on something they love they can have a great finish with even having bad start.

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Great Video! It makes you think that if you set your mind to something you can accomplish so many life advantages. This video and article is very inspirational and a really eye opener that everybody should watch. The quote just give you
    inspiration how would one not want to start something new and see how well one
    can do something in a year. Even by starting with something small and growing each year from yet can do so much. Such as, working hard in school for a year saying that you’re going to go to class, work hard to get all A’s and make the dean’s list. If I could meet the author of this article I would ask what made you think of that quote because I love the quote I’m going to start using for inspiration when I am struggling with something.

  • Samantha Smith

    This was one of the most interesting and influential videos, along with influencing you to start something to become great, it also influences you to take a year to accomplish your goals. Through the course of a year a young man was capable of performing dance moves like he was Jagger. A great quote was used along with the video “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”, this quote can apply to everyone in every situation which is why it is so meaningful. What will you do with your 365 day?

  • Ryan Repta

    This is really inspiring, as well as relatable for me. There are many things I wish I was good at, but once I fail at something once, I’m reluctant to try it again. Becoming successful at anything requires much dedication and much patience, but if you want it enough, the only person stopping you is yourself. Dancing is one of those skills I’ve always wanted to have, but never have put any time and effort into learning. Heck, maybe I’ll give this 365 day plan a try.

  • PKroening

    I have the exact same problem as you. Once I fail at something it is really hard for me to try it again. This video is definitely inspirational and really shows you that if you put your heart to something you can do it.

  • Grantrobinson15

    Love the quote as well and totally agree with your point about societies immediate expectations these days. You cant become great at something overnight but rather have to put in countless hours and be fully dedicated to what your goal is. My parents always told me growing up, “Good things come to those who wait.” This seems very applicable to this topic as you cannot expect immediate success but rather must be patient and put in time. I think part of this comes from media misleading us. Many companies try and sell get rich quick schemes and others try and sell us rapid weight-loss videos when really all you have to do is be patient and put in the work and you will eventually achieve your goals.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Pretty awesome video. I think people these days, including myself, don’t have the patience to practice something for a long period of time to get good at it. We all want the instant gratification instead of busting our ass for an extended period of time to get results. This video has definitely inspired me to put aside a little bit of time each day to practice a couple things I’d love to be good at by the end of the year.

  • Taylor Schulz

    Great video and article! Very relatable to me in the sense that I was once that person on the couch wishing I could do what everyone else could do. A few months ago, I decided to get up off of my lazy but and start going to the gym everyday. Ive always wanted to be as physically fit as I could possibly be, but I never really put in the effort. Sure I had practice 4 days a week, but I wanted more than that. I wanted to be able to run a marathon and be at my peak of performance. I can honestly say that three months in, I haven’t felt better! Reaching for your goals is something that not everyone can say they are doing, but after starting out, I don’t want to stop! Just simply starting something you have dreamt of doing is a huge step in the right direction. Thanks for posting and inspiring me even more to reach my goals!!

  • Tkachukme11

    Right after viewing this video and reading the post, I instantly wrote down the quote “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great,” and I put it on a post-it note on my wall. I think this is such a motivational quote to live by and an easy reminder that we can do anything if we believe in ourselves and jump into the unknown. It is always like you will never know if you never try. With college coming to an end in a few months, this will be helpful for job searching or even finding a new hobby for myself for when I move back home. I will have to blow some steam from living with the parents once again! I guess the only thing that bothers me about the whole, losing sleep from working so hard is that everyone knows at least one lazy person who is just gifted at everything they do. It is so difficult because you know how hard you work, yet they are putting no extra time in and losing no sleep. They just show up and perform and never get yelled at because they are so good at what they do. I guess kudos to them though for having natural talent. Thanks for the motivating quote though!

  • schrammjm26

    This video is great and truly inspirational! There are so many people out their that view the result of people’s hard work and think that they just started out that way. They really don’t see all the hard work and dedication that goes into the end result. For example I would be interested to know how many hours the man in the video put into eventually developing the skills that he showed on day 365! People can do whatever they set their mind to, it’s just a matter if you have the dedication, passion, and self discipline to accomplish your dream.

  • kalscheuar30

    This video was awesome and totally relevant to my life right now. I’ve wanted to make music ever since I could remember but never did anything about it. Last year I finally bought equipment, had my friend install a program on my computer, and now I spend my rare extra time making beats and recording. It’s a lot harder than people expect and lost more than just hours spent on it. I respect this dude on a whole other level and the quote is beyond inspirational. I think more people should get up and do what they never followed through with or didn’t have motivation to start. My main question is where do you find such awesome quotes!?

  • Luke Drumel

    After having watched this video, the thing that was most helpful was that hard work pays off. This was truly inspiring to watch, that if you take the first step towards success it makes that dream one more step closer than you were before. Even though it was a year to complete everyday was meaning full if you put your head down and work hard. I also agree with that by taking it one day at a time is truly the best way to achieve or succeed anything you set your mind to, for its the way to keep focused and committed to the task at hand.

  • KevinThomson32

    Work truly does pay off if you put your mind to it. This article is great and I love the quote “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. This is the case for everything in life, you do not just wake up one day and master anything you want to do, it takes time and I feel like that is the problem for everyone. Everything is so now now now in life and people think that if something takes time they don’t want to do it and that is the problem. If you stay positive and block out everything in your way of your dreams you will succeed in life.

  • clemonsel02

    Thank you for sharing this! I found it to be one of the most inspiring things I have watched in a very long time and with technology readily available like we have today that is a huge deal. Thank you again!

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    I thought this video was very inspirational. It really shows
    that if you put your mind to it you can do anything. All you have to do is take
    the time and really focus on it, and anything is possible. I think this can
    help anyone not only in their daily lives but also in their careers. It just
    goes to show that you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself. It was a
    very uplifting video showing that I personally could do anything I wanted to.
    My question for you is, what would you do in a year?

  • Amy Rink

    Thank you for posting this video! I thought it was so cool and so different from other articles! One thing that really caught my eye was the quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great” I never really thought about life like that before and I found it to be very inspirational. It made me think about what I could possibly accomplish in a years time. Have you ever wanted to try and accomplish something within a years time?

  • Chris Williams

    This posting was very inspiring to me! I have always tried accomplish something over a period of time. Half of the things I try I never complete. Reading and watching this I see that i need more of a plan and a better straight forward goal. Because without a goal then thee is nothing to push for. My goal would be to be more fit, but I realized that goal is not strait forward. So my new goal after reading this is to be an athlete! My question is, what problems do you face when you are pushing to reach your goal?

  • mollymorrisey

    Starting to work on something is always the most challenging part for me because it is easy for the task ahead to seem daunting. I think putting a little time each day toward something, like was done in this video is a great way to learn and measure how far you’ve come. I agree that when you look at profiles of successful people, you often would not expect where they started to lead to where they ended up.

  • jack lomax

    “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Quality video. Quality message. I wrote a huge paragraph on how starting is important because of this message. Yes starting is important. Its the beginning of you trying to reach a goal. But its the rest of the video which seems to me the most important message. He never gave up. We see he wasn’t the best dancer when he started. But he stuck to it and at the end, the guy was ridiculously good! How many times have we hit the gym with a goal, and lost sight of that goal/momentum/motivation? Perseverance and determination is what helps you reach your goal. Great video! Thanks!

  • Branden Unger

    This is a great article and I completely agree with it. There is no way to become successful or even average in your life if you never start somewhere. Even the greatest of athletes or businessmen were not anything more than people with an idea or inspiration. If they had never began pursuing their passion in the first place they would have never become inspirational people themselves, and that could effect other people becoming inspired and achieving their goals as well.

  • kristinwagner32

    So straight to the point but more than true. I loved the video aspect for part of this blog. Another thing I completely agree with in this article is the fact of the hours of preparation which go unnoticed. The starting up and pushing yourself to do things you’ve always wanted to do is the best feel of accomplishment. Setting goals and having motivation is the biggest key and aspect as like for the dancer; he obviously set a goal of a year and look at him now. I loved reading this article and it is very inspiring to anyone! Thanks Sandy, great blog.

  • Evan Hibbs

    Great article Sandy, thank you very much. I immediately think of myself when I think of this. I always try to look back every year of my life and evaluate where I’m at, where I want to be, and what I have to do to get to where I want to be. I’m a Head JV girls basketball coach on the High School level, it’s my first year. A year ago I dream’t about being a Head Coach on any level and now I’m in that position and I’m proud of myself for not losing desire and the interest to reach my goals and stay in the sport of basketball. I always set my school standards very high as well and I know for myself to graduate on time, how many credits and what grades I need to have. Those are some of the most important things to me, because I don’t have much time for anything else. Every year I always try to make sure I’m having a better year than the previous year so I can grow as a person. I totally agree that preparation is so important in becoming better at anything. Many people perform great with everybody watching, but the work done when nobody else is around is the most important. What would your goals be for next year at this time?

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Good stuff! Trying new things and sticking to them is one of the hardest things to do in life. I am currently trying to eat a lot healthier and it is not easy. I have tried to do this many times before and have failed. I either don’t have enough money to purchase healthy food or the fast food and candy is just too delicious. But I am trying it now and I feel great. Articles like this are always an inspiration to keep going and not give up. Other than your goal of “becoming an athlete,” what was the hardest thing you have ever started to do and completed? Thanks Sandy!

  • Leahrebout

    Great advice! Putting things off just puts you more behind each and every day you wait. We should start making changes that make you happy now so that you have more time to live life the way you want to. I heard a quote once that said “Do something today that your future self will thank you for”, which i think relates to this article. We shouldn’t waste any time waiting to start something we’ve always dreamed of doing. This article inspired me to get started, thank you for posting! How do you motivate yourself to keep working everyday towards your goal of becoming an athlete while juggling all of your other responsibilities?

  • Abbey Stibbs

    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
    What an inspiring quote that is! I have been trying to lose weight for a while now, and I keep giving up. I always say I am going to start this workout, or eat certain foods, but being in college I have found myself being extremely lazy when it comes to doing things like that. On top of trying to become more healthy, it is my senior year in college, and I am trying to focus on my grades and such so I can graduate with high honors. I feel like some things keep getting in the way of me doing what I want. I feel like I just need to make little changes each and every day instead of trying to make huge ones in such a short amount of time. I really enjoyed watching the video, and seeing the progress that the person made with their dance over a year. Hopefully now, I can make some changes, and become what I want.