The conflict with the spirit of entrepreneurship comes from creativity that keeps bringing you good ideas as it clashes with the uncertainty of everyday life. You have a good idea but you don’t know when or where to begin. Or you keep telling yourself that when things are just right, you will make your next move. After all, taking the first step can be a little intimidating. You have so much to consider and the market seems large while you might feel small against the tide.
Stop sitting on your good ideas! Walt Disney said “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” If you keep finding reasons to wait to produce something you’re passionate about, you might miss your opportunity. Obviously, you can’t throw caution to the wind and there are a few things to make careful decisions about before you undertake the creation of a business. However, waiting for the “water to get luke-warm” could leave you taking a cold bath. If you have been holding back your spirit of entrepreneurship and waiting on presenting your idea for a new business for awhile, consider some of these things before you let the idea gather dust.
“Accidental Success” Stories All Started With An Idea
You know many of the stories. When you think about accidental success, maybe you think about companies like what would become Twitter, which started off as an employee group “Hack-a-thon” while a company called Odeo was attempting to come up with a podcasting platform to compete with iTunes. Or you might think of 11 year old Frank Epperson, who fortuitously left a cup of soda powder and water on the porch on a cold night which later inspired his creation, “the Eppsicle” or what we now know as the popsicle. Maybe you think of the Microwave. There are so many ideas that people put their time and hard work into making them a success that exploded with national and global recognition for their endeavors in entrepreneurship.
If you have an idea, you have a start. Not every idea is going to be practical and not every idea is a great idea, but there are a few that come by any entrepreneur in their lifetime that beg to be pursued and you can’t afford to let those pass you by.
Stoking The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Entrepreneurship is all about creativity and drive. Thinkers and dreamers imagine but entrepreneurs get things done. In a lot of ways, you have to have a mentality that embraces the underdog position and push to make yourself the big dog. A lot of entrepreneurs thrive on that small ship in a big ocean mentality. Some struggle when their ideas actually catch on and their companies start to grow. In order to keep working to make the most out of your ideas and passions, you have to keep the fire burning. How do you do that? Be an idea champion for yourself and your employees. Let the creativity and vision that you value drive your business, no matter what level you are at in your business. There is always room for a new idea and a new direction.
Don’t Be Discouraged By The Commitment
If you keep waiting for the right timing to suddenly reveal itself, you’re probably going to be waiting for a long time. Entrepreneurship and business ownership can be a huge undertaking. We have talked about “accidental” success stories, and some business ventures do take off like a rocket, but many people don’t see the hard work that goes into getting your business off the ground. Biz Stone famously said, “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” Treat your idea with the respect it deserves and be aware of the commitment that you will need to have to see it come to life. But don’t let the time you will invest discourage you from pursuing your passion. If your passionate and you follow your own path to success, you have embraced the basic ideals that make a good entrepreneur. Every job takes commitment. You could be working for someone else’s dream, afraid of what your own path might bring. Rather than be afraid, why not take your path toward your own true north?
Use Your Resources – Seek Advice From Other Entrepreneurs
As an entrepreneur, even if you have the best idea that’s ever been imagined and you already have the capital needed to start your business, you’re gonna feel some loneliness. You will be wandering into the business arena where the titans of industry will already be grappling. Luckily, there are many small business owners and experts with advice that will make you feel a little less lost. Keep focused on your goals as you start, maintaining realistic milestones. Established entrepreneurs recommend allowing your focus to broaden over time. You can use your personal needs to implement your original idea, but don’t get so focused that you don’t grow with your customers as their needs evolve. Whatever you do, don’t let “no” stop you. Many people will tell you “no” or that your idea isn’t worth the risk. Entrepreneurs keep working until they make their vision a reality, no matter what the naysayers tell them.
HJR Global specializes in stoking the fires of entrepreneurship, helping people take their ideas from concept to thriving business. HJR can help entrepreneurs at any stage of their venture, setting plans for your idea, helping you grow, or even securing funding for your venture. If you are thinking of starting a business and want to figure out your next steps, contact HJR Global today.