How to Be Resourceful

Most people put their dreams on hold because they’re waiting for the right resources to become available to them.

And they wait indefinitely.

When you let circumstances dictate when and how you will act, they will never be exactly as you want them to be. When you’re waiting for opportunities to show up, they rarely do. When you wait for the right people to contact you, they may or may not.

There’s a big difference between seeking resources and being resourceful.

Seeking resources works some of the time. When the tools you need are easily within your reach, everything works out. But when resources seem scarce, you’re shit outta luck.

Being resourceful on the other hand means you’re the one that mines the resources. You know that you have everything you need, because all the resources are within you.

Being resourceful means…

  • You are proactive
  • You see things through to the end
  • You move deliberately in the direction of your dreams
  • You’re aware of the vast amount of possibilities and opportunities around you
  • You don’t try to control your energy; you channel it instead
  • You don’t collect valuable information and do nothing with it
  • You’re aware that you have more tools available to you than you sometimes realize
  • You cultivate a state of inspiration that fuels your ability to take prolific action

The difference between being resourceful and passively waiting for or seeking resources is dramatic.

The people that get things done are resourceful.

The people that follow (and realize) their dreams are resourceful.

Start now, from wherever you are. Do that, and trust me, the resources will show up.

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Nathan Hangen July 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Great opportunities are created, not waited for. I’ve found that by consistently taking confident action, that I’ve found success much more often than in waiting for an opportunity to appear.

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kelly July 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Dreams are chased after not dropped into one’s lap. Great post

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Anilia July 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm

How do you know when you have enough resources to even start though? I’m more of a ‘take action and the resources will appear’ type of person, but its hard explaining that concept to someone who doesn’t live their life that way…

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Mark Lawrence July 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Using your resourcefulness to take action. Action is the most important. Too often using and researching resources is used as an excuse for doing something. I agree; get out there and get to it. Follow your dreams. Do it now, not tomorrow!

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Anilia July 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

“Too often using and researching resources is used as an excuse for doing something.”

I’m gonna disagree with you Mark. I think people (ok maybe I’m speaking for my former and sometimes current self…) research too much out of a fear for the action itself, not as an excuse like “hey, I’m really doing something – look at all my research!”

Starting something new is frightening. I’m not saying people shouldn’t start something new in response to that fear, its just that those of us who have learned how to move past the fear into action anyway sometimes discount how hard it can be for others who haven’t reached the same stage of development yet.

Chrissy @ Eat Your Career July 14, 2010 at 4:16 am

I’m slowly learning that’s it’s all about DOING, whether or not you really know the right way is irrelevant. Just start and you’re many steps ahead of the game. You’ll never have “Everything” you need. You have to fill the gaps yourself. All that you said in this post is so very, very true. Hard to follow. But true.

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Voranc July 14, 2010 at 7:05 am

Great article with a very clear message. I totally recommend a great book about how to be more resourceful…The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

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Jamie Lee Wallace July 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

Love it. Short, sweet, and simple: Resourceful is getting things done no matter what.
It’s not making do with what you have at hand, it’s making magic with what you have at hand. Resourceful is the person who can cook up a delicious, four-course meal when the cupboards are bare. It’s creating an audience using only your wits and enthusiasm. It’s giving your wardrobe a makeover a la Pretty in Pink (dating myself!) by re-imagining the things you already have into new and marvelous versions of themselves.

The resourceful person never has to wait for the “right” time, tools, opportunity, or knowledge. The resourceful person is always moving forward, never worrying about what she doesn’t have, only about where she’s going and how she’s going to have fun on the way there.

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Nate July 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

I think attitude is so important. It’s more about wanting it and waiting. Some people want it, but there overall attitude toward life is negative (I don’t like my job, I don’t want to be doing this, etc., etc.), which really play a strong part in creating your reality. Along with the doing (which I do think is important) start to be more positive. Start to literally believe you can make changes and be successful. Visualize it…meditate on it…do whatever it takes!

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Gretchen@Culinaria Libris July 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

Your posts have been most helpful to me as I’ve been building my blog, but this one tops them all. It’s fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to share your insight.

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Melody July 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

SO very true. A lot of us tend to get into our heads and stay there. It’s only when we take action that things start to happen… and the resources and support show up.

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Dustin July 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I got a degree in business and began working for a bank. Man, what a mistake. I wasn’t happy. I had went to an art school and studied art my whole life. After reading blogs like yours I realized that there is not a perfect time to create a business. So I did it.

I quit my job and started a business. Has it been easy? No. But sure enough clients began to arrive. I have found that I am infinitely more fulfilled working for myself and providing a product I believe in. Sometime we just need a push.

That’s what people like you are here for.

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Jonny | thelifething.com July 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

There is a real difference between seeking resources and being resourceful. Great line.

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Matt July 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I think being resourceful means finding your resources, instead of letting them find you.

Finding the time, instead of waiting for it to find you.

Finding the perfect moment, instead of waiting for it.

Resourceful people seek, instead of waiting to be sought :).

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Joe Wilner July 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

Great post! I like the distinction provided. Gaining the waypower to achieving goals can always be attained. It’s the willpower that becomes difficult to maintain. As long as we have faith, a positive attitude, and an inner drive and willingness to work hard,it seems that resources will be found.

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Anita July 20, 2010 at 7:45 am

Great post – I totally agree that when you start waiting for things to happen to you – you give away the one thing you can control – how you move through time.

On the practical side of resourcefulness :) – I believe it’s important to form rituals/habits that help you stay on top of things.

One thing that was a particular challenge for me was organising the “valuable information” I found (your point 6). I use Evernote for that now…

Also, just by realising that it’s ok to create helpful tactics to remain resourceful is a big progression in itself.

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Chinthaka Dikkumbura October 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

We have to help people to lead more productive , Fulfilling , And Creative through quality education and improved health care or by ensuring equitable access to resources and sustainable practices.And also we can helping to build up their capacity and knowledge.

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jen7refla September 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am gradually learning that everything is about responsibility, whether or not you really know the right way is irrelevant. Just start and you’re many steps ahead. You’ll never have the thing you need. You have to fill the gaps yourself. Everything you said in this post is very, very true. hard to follow. But the facts.

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jen7refla September 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am gradually learning that everything is about responsibility, whether or not you really know the right way is irrelevant. Just start and you’re many steps ahead. You’ll never have the thing you need. You have to fill the gaps yourself. Everything you said in this post is very, very true. hard to follow. But the facts.

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I am gradually learning that everything is about responsibility, whether or not you really know the right way is irrelevant. Just start and you’re many steps ahead. You’ll never have the thing you need. You have to fill the gaps yourself. Everything you said in this post is very, very true. hard to follow. But the facts.

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