I had an interesting chat with my mother this last week. She said that she didn’t want to go to Honduras until she spoke Spanish. Her comment got me to thinking about life in general.

We often don’t want to do things until we feel qualified to do them. In this crazy world in which we live in though, it is often those who will jump first and figure out how to fly on the way down who have the greatest successes.

I have met people in my travels who speak an amazingly little amount of the languages of the countries they are visiting and still manage to have some incredibly awesome experiences. They bought the plane ticket and went…and figured out how to communicate when they got there. It is tough. It isn’t flawless. Errors are made. Failures happen. They sometimes get ripped off.


They have some awesome stories to tell that people sitting at home watching TV will never have.

This post isn’t just about travelling. When you make a leap to do something new, you likely won’t know everything you need to know to accomplish your goal. Once you jump though, it is amazing how quickly you will learn!

Want to learn to run a business…try opening one. Want to learn to blog…start one. Want to learn to be an author…write a book. When you bite off more than you can chew, one of two things happens. Either you choke and die…or you find that you grow incredibly quickly and come up to the new level that is needed to move forward.

Have fun learning something new! …and enjoy jumping!


One of my favorite places to go “find myself” is the little town of Copan Ruinas, Honduras. If I could figure out how to afford to live there full time, I probably would.

SO, in the interest of starting stuff. I am working on a proposal that would get me there at least part of the year and be a win-win for a lot of people. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me for more information.

Here is part of the proposal that I am working on for the university.

In the acquisition of a second language, spending time working in the target language is an invaluable tool to assist students in reaching the proficiency goals for oral communication. The department currently offers a five week summer session abroad program in Guatemala and a short trip culture program in Cuba. We propose adding a semester abroad program in Honduras to the curriculum that would allow students to take 12-15 hours of study in Spanish over the course of the semester.

While a native language school may be used to assist in the teaching of the students, the courses would be overseen and/or taught by one of the North Greenville University department of Modern Languages and Linguistics faculty.

Costs associated with the trip: $2850-$4500 per student + NGU fees/tuition/insurance


I want to thank you for reading my blog. It makes me sharper knowing that each day, you will be there reading what I put out there for the world to see.

You challenge me to be a better person.

You are the one who gets me to read when I don’t feel like it.

You are who gets me to try new things.

You get me to start stuff all the time.

Thank you for taking time from your day to read startstuff.net.


Burl Walker


Starting something new can be scary! What are you afraid of? If you fail, but learn from it, then it wasn’t really failure. You learned something valuable.

Most of us are afraid that we will look stupid. We are afraid that people will say, “I told you that wouldn’t work!”

Just remember that being a critic is easy. The critic has no skin in the game.

The hard part is deciding that you are going to move ahead with your idea. You are going to put yourself out there. You are going to risk failure and go for it!

Once you decide to do it, the rest isn’t so scary. I have failed more than I have succeeded in life. And yet for the most part, I am quite happy with my life. How about you?

What are you afraid of?


You have a great idea! How do you get it out there for the world? It is both easier and more complicated than ever before.

You can put it out on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+…

You can write a book.

You can write a blog post.

You can put up a video on youtube or other video hosting site.

You create a website.

That is the easy part. Now, you have the website, blog, book, video…but no one is watching, sharing, reading…

What do you do?  There can be multiple reasons that your idea isn’t spreading.

  1. It is a worthless idea.
  2. It isn’t time yet. (In 1822, there was no need for a better cell phone battery. No matter how good the battery design was, no one was going to buy it.)
  3. It is past time. (Even if you do come up with a better buggy whip, your clientele is quite limited as most people don’t get around on horse and buggy these days…unless you are in a niche market to the Amish.)
  4. You haven’t connected to the right people.

I want to hit on that 4th point. There isn’t much you can do in the first three instances, but that 4th one is. Maybe you just told your friends and family about your new great idea, but they don’t understand it, it isn’t in their area of interest or for other reasons, they haven’t cared enough to share it with others.

You have to find your tribe. It is already out there. There are people who have similar interests to you. People who would love to share your idea. So, here is the hard part. Find them! Go where they are.

Fortunately, the internet makes this a little easier. If you look up groups that are already active in your area of interest, share your idea with those groups. (Don’t spam them with links…engage with them in conversation. Get their permission to share with them.) These groups will be there for you and your ideas will spread among them…if it is a good idea…but at least you give yourself a chance.

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