So easy to get stuck inside the perfection trap and procrastinate for that divine moment of inspiration. Instead, JUST DO IT! The students I work with struggle with this daily--perfecting their interview scripts, fretting about which level of target customer to reach out to, ad nauseum. Absolutely feel their pain, but still kick swift kicks in the rear to get them out of the building.
Peter Sims' classic Little Bets is a quick (150 pages) and inspiring reminder of why it matters. Using examples from comedy to Google, he illustrates how people at the tops of their games don't just sit around thinking deep thoughts.
Experimental innovators like Rock, Brin Page, Bezos and Beethoven don’t analyze new ideas too much too soon, try to hit narrow targets on unknown horizins, or put their hopes into one big bet. Instead of trying to develop elaborate plans to predict the success of their endeavors, the do things to discover what they should do. The have all attained extraordinary success by making a series of little bets.
No matter what your snowball up the hill issues is, this is a great read for getting unstuck. As Steve Blank so eloquently puts it, "There are no facts inside the building, so get the hell outside."