Being the first post ever on my new blog (Woo Hoo!), I thought perhaps it would be appropriate to discuss beginnings. Entrepreneurial beginnings that is, and the courage it sometimes takes to even get to the beginning of a business venture. Whether it be launching that initial demo before renovations on an old brick and mortar site, or finally moving your invention from those messy sketches on yellow notepad paper into the prototyping phase. It takes an ENORMOUS push to go from the conceptual or day dream phase, to actually doing it in the world of the real.
Everything is so perfect when visualizing and dreaming of an idea. And yes, your mind is the most business friendly testing ground, and I’ve seen a lot of potential entrepreneurs (myself included!) get stuck in this phase of cultivating their ideas. We get stuck in dreaming of only the good, and we begin to develop what I’d call “the fear.” Speaking from personal experience, I can only describe it as a fear of failure that leads to endless procrastination. Perhaps I’m alone on this one, but after enough rides in my imaginary Bentley or 150 foot yacht, bought by money from my successful idea of course, I fall into a kind of lull. I fear that all these things I’ve dreamt so happily about may not actually happen, and that I will not be able to carry out this idea to my expectations (and those I’ve told around me). I call this the “Build Up Syndrome,” in which the build up of hope and excitement can actually throw an entrepreneur into this crazy loop of planning and put offs, in which their idea is never truly acted upon.
What advice can I offer in avoiding this? Well, for me, when I get stuck on an idea or fear my successful carrying out of it, I’ve always tried to simplify things. Break tasks in sub-tasks and so on. Try to make progress anywhere possible. Remember two things, K-I-S-S (Keep it simple stupid) and baby steps! I kid you not, those are two of the most valuable pieces of advice I can ever give out. It could be as little as making contact with a web developer about your new website, or contacting a realtor to begin initial searches for an appropriate commercial space. Just get the ball rolling. No matter how slow the roll, at least your moving forward, and you will begin to build momentum. People think the scariest moment of any business is its initial / grand opening. The scariest moment is actually when an entrepreneur crosses the conceptual river into the real world where they have to put forth real, not imaginary, resources that include their money, time, hope and heart. That’s not to say the initial opening or unveiling of your business isn’t scary as hell either! I’ve cried during grand openings! Overwhelmed by the excitement, fear of acceptance, confusion and lack of sleep. BUT it’s taking those initial steps to fulfilling your dreams that can be the scariest.
So…beginnings and baby steps…they go hand in hand…and I don’t care what anyone says! Any idea can be done and done successfully by anyone who shows initiative, acts with resolve, and sometimes just gives up control and acts slightly insane…