Do you recognise the man in this photo? In case you don’t it’s Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world and founder of software giant Microsoft Inc. What you probably don’t know is how he used the ready, fire, aim concept in his early days to build the foundation of his business empire.
Most people fail to achieve success, not because they don’t know what needs to be done, but because they just don’t do what they should and can do. Perhaps you too have been guilty of this weakness. You have an idea that you know has a great chance of succeeding. You know you would like to implement it but for some reason you continue to think about it and you just don’t take the necessary first steps and get it going.
Ready, fire, aim means when you get an idea you quickly try it out after minimal development. When you live by this concept you don’t waste time procrastinating, you don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. Instead you take an idea, develop it quickly to a point where you can test it or try it out on a small scale (prototyping) and then make a decision to discard it or refine it further.
When Bill Gates was approached by IBM to develop an operating system for the new IBM personal computer around 1982 he did not have an operating system but he saw an opportunity and jumped onto it. He purchased a rudimentary operating system called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) and renamed it MSDOS. He did minimal refinement on it and licensed it to IBM. Of course Bill and his team at Microsoft then dedicated themselves to improving this operating system up to today when its successor, Microsoft Windows, is the most popular operating system in the world.
So don’t plan to plan to plan. Don’t wait for perfection because you will probably be waiting forever. Quickly try out your ideas and rapidly move from thought to result. Remember you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Ready, fire, aim.