Your Idea Believes in You

abstract-art-black-and-white-1706-hd-wallpapersDisbelief!

That’s one of the emotions that you feel when an awesome idea hits you.

Why?

At that point, you doubt you can pull it off.

But this is how it works: an idea knows things about you that you’re yet to discover about yourself. That’s why it comes to you totally confident that you can make it happen – whether you believe it or not. The idea is never in doubt.

Now, the real work is getting you to see and agree that you can make it work. The idea might succeed or fail in persuading you, but it’s not unsure of its choice.

Before an idea knocks on your door, all the resource that you need to realize it has been factored and already in place. It’s no use worrying about how you will do it because provision is sorted. All you need to do is say: yes!

Folks back down on a thought because they don’t see HOW they can do it and that’s a mistake. An idea comes loaded with resources, looking for someone who will agree to the package and run with it.

Will you agree? No more excuses.

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The Price Loved Ones Pay for Entrepreneur’s Dream

LovedOnesIn modern culture, the successful entrepreneur is a hero. This person has achieved wealth despite the odds. She’s celebrated in the media and displayed as a beacon of hope.

But, she didn’t do it alone.

Many people played vital roles in her success story – especially loved ones. Folks sacrificed at every stage to make the entrepreneur’s dream come true. They’re seldom celebrated, but they exist.

The entrepreneur’s dream will put loved ones to the test. Colleagues, family and friends labor in love to help the dreamer’s idea.

Sometimes the price is high and process – exhausting, for those who have chosen to love the dreamer. Spouses and children (on occasion) get a raw deal – doing without the one with whom they wish to spend more time or sacrificing in other ways. It can be crazy.

I encourage every entrepreneur to acknowledge and always appreciate this group for their love, prayers, support, tears, encouragement, courage – and strong belief in the dreamer’s dream.

Thank them often for not giving up on you. Appreciate them for staying in your corner – and if no one will mention their name or celebrate them, you do it.

Dear Entrepreneur, It’s OK to Get a Job

GetJobTwo, maybe three camps exist on the subject of entrepreneurship.

We have the group of employed folks who think that entrepreneurs are losers who stupidly live on the edge for no good reason.

The other crowd is the entrepreneurs who believe that the employed simply have no balls to pursue a conviction.

Then, there’s the middle – who try to combine both endeavors.

But who is right?

None!

The entrepreneurial journey is not a straight line. We have folks who have never worked for another and guys who worked awhile before starting a business. Others move in and out – balancing employment and entrepreneurship.

We all go about the journey differently. No one should be trapped by one method.

So as an entrepreneur, if you have to temporarily get a job to stay afloat, do it. It doesn’t mean your dream is dead or you’ve failed – sometimes going cold-turkey hurts more than it helps. The idea is to do whatever it takes to achieve your dream.

On that note: relax! A job doesn’t make you any less of an entrepreneur. If you must get one, do it. No shame.

Dear Startup, Profit is a Mirage

NicolaProfit is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s one of the signs of a healthy business, and on the other, it means zilch – especially in a startup scenario.

By definition, a startup is an idea with the burden of proof – an unconfirmed customer base and a tentative business model. On this backdrop, profit can’t be viewed the same as in an established business.

What should a startup’s attitude to profit be? Forget it!

You read right. Profit should not be your primary focus for the first three to five years. Instead, mind your cash flow and put good financial management systems in place to help you through the uncertainties of the early years.

I’m not arguing against profit because you’ll probably make some from the start. But, I seek to correct the attitude and undue (profit) excitement that ends up blinding startups to the real issues.

Profit begins to make sense after you’ve crossed the threshold to become a proper business. This means that you’ve tested your theories in the market place, gotten feedback from customers and set up business systems that support your sales process. Before then, profit doesn’t mean much.

Boredom: The Key to Success

Boredom“Do what you’re passionate about and you’ll succeed”, is what you find in many motivational books. But that’s only an aspect of the truth.

I am a writer. I’ve engaged in this passion for long and discovered that passion can wane, even if you love what you do.

When this occurs, you’re left with the discipline of craftsmanship. In my case, this means having a writing schedule and pouring in the hours required to actually write – no frills or fun fair.

We live in exciting times when everything is supposed to be sensational. But the successful will tell you that a huge part of their daily work is boring, mundane and uninspiring. They still do it because they understand that mastery of the boring elements is the real success.

Largely, craftsmanship isn’t inspiration dependent. Hence, you show up to work and do a great job without waiting to (first) feel good or inspired. Usually, inspiration catches up after you’ve started your work.

In the success equation, passion is only a small part and monotony is the chunk. That’s why the greats rarely wait for inspiration – they just do good work.

Law: The Glue of Business

LawAgreement – that’s business in one word. Two or more parties agree to shared promises. Honored agreement is good business while agreement dishonored is bad business.

Previously, an agreement could be settled with a firm handshake. Folks understood the meaning of the act and society was designed to support it. These days, it’s seldom that way.

Now, people’s understanding of an agreement varies – greatly. Hence, laws have been adjusted to fit the times.

The legal system is a vital tool needed to put everyone on the same page and also, to make adequate arrangements for anyone who decides to get off the page. The law unifies understanding; it is the oil of agreements.

I’m aware that some countries have weak legal systems. It’s no wonder why it’s difficult to do business in such places because agreement gets fluid and results take time – and are sometimes hard to sustain.

Ideally, the law is designed to create order. And order breeds prosperity. However, as we grapple with reality, it helps to know what obtains and properly play our part in our business dealings.

How To Positively Impact Others

57279-49334Angela Franklin changed my life.

She was my freshman English professor in college. Angela’s class was the start of the making of the writer. As I went to collect my graded paper (which had an A on it), she said these words as she handed it over, “Samuel, you’re a strong writer”. That was it. I thanked her and walked away, but something was different.

The moment she said those words, the writer in me emerged. I had never thought of myself as a writer, but at that moment, everything changed. For the first time, I saw the writer in me.

We experience these defining moments throughout life – when in an instant, we become. Our eyes are unveiled (the curtain is pulled back) and we’re ushered into a new world. These moments make us.

Learn to gift people with such moments by simply telling them the good that you see (or have) identified in them. Ms. Franklin saw a writer and told me what she saw. Simple!

No grand gesture. Just see the good in someone and let them know.