A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 17, 2015
“You don’t have to get it right. You just have to get it going”

"You don’t have to get it right. You just have to get it going” is a popular saying with many entrepreneurs. Almost nothing is perfect at the start, so that shouldn’t prevent someone from starting a business.

Mike Litman, author of Conversations with Millionaires (2002), is most frequently credited with the saying. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” is a similar saying from the 1990s.


OCLC WorldCat record
Conversations with millionaires : what millionaires do to get rich, that you never learned about in school!
Author: Mike Litman; Jason Oman
Publisher: [Reno, Nev.] : Conversations with Millionaires, LLC, ©2002.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : English

Motivation Today
October 16, 2003
What is Success and How Do We Achieve It?
(...)
Mike Litman comes up with golden statements frequently. Here is just one of them:

“The biggest secret of success in life is: You don’t have to get it right; you just have to get it going. Perfectionism can kill success. We never get going because we are always waiting to get everything just right. Instead, let’s get going.”

The Shepherd’s Voice
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007
The Final Key To Getting What You Want
(...)
Focused action means doing the things that will actually take us to what we want in life. There are things that we won’t learn, questions that we don’t even know to ask, until we actually do something constructive and take action on our dreams. As Mike Litman says, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.”

Google Groups: Millionaire Minds In Transformation
Fw: Have You Seen This Woman?
Cathy Kirchner
8/13/07
(...)
Remember, you don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.

Twitter
Todd Fiegel
‏@DrTodd
@jimkukral Sort of like “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going” do you think?
12:32 PM - 26 Jun 2008

Google Books
There Is No Time Like The Present To Create Your Future
By Chineme Noke
Lulu.com
2012
Pg. 13:
You don’t have to get it “right”—you don’t have to move forward in leaps and bounds. You just have to get it going, and keep it going.

Forbes.com
ENTREPRENEURS 12/04/2012 @ 11:02AM
Barbara Corcoran’s Top 12 Tips For Small-Business Owners
(...)
9. Stop Putting It Off! Procrastination is the enemy of success.  The time you waste on stalling breeds guilt, and guilt deflates energy and sometimes even leads to depression.  When you feel stuck and can’t seem to move ahead, always remember that you don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going!

Google Books
Secrets Of The Rich
By Clifford Mee
Neil Playfoot
2014
Pg. 3:
“You don’t have to get it right...you just have to get it going”
Imperfections can be fixed down the track.

Google Books
How to Learn Any Language in a Few Months While Enjoying Yourself:
45 Proven Tips for Language Learners

By Nate Nicholson
Blue Sky Publishing
2015
Pg. ?:
#3: Don’t Try to Be Perfect, Just Get It Going
Jack Canfield once said, “You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going. Babies don’t walk the first time they try, but eventually they get it right.”

Kiplinger.com
Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran to Entrepreneurs: Enough With the ‘Fancy Talk’
The successful businesswoman offers advice on turning fledgling ideas into winning businesses.

By Andrea N. Browne, July 17, 2015
(...)
I can’t remember who said it, but there’s an old saying: ‘You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.’ All you need to do is get a prototype, walk out there and see if anyone will buy your product.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, July 17, 2015 • Permalink