Taking the Leap: From Inspiration to Action
Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur can feel like a big leap. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In honour of Global Entrepreneurship Week, our Founder, Sarah King, has nine tips (learned the hard way) for getting from inspiration to action.
1) Waste no time figuring out:
- your purpose — why you want to create a business.
- the impact you want to have — how is the world going to be better (in a big or a small way) because of what you’re going to offer
- your passion — what gets you out of bed in the morning, what’s your soapbox subject, what do you really care about?
- your strengths — what are you great at (spoiler: it’s probably something you really enjoy)
You probably won’t crack this overnight. And that’s ok, but know:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple
2) Avoid negatively comparing your start point with someone else’s mid-point.
Those at their mid-point will have achieved more than you — simply because of where they’re at in their journey. They will also have had the same doubts and questions as you. Use their mid-point as a spark of inspiration, rather than as a barrier to getting your idea off of the ground
3) Be aware of what your competition is doing, but play the game your way.
That’s what makes your offer unique.
4) Your first idea will most probably not be ‘the’ idea.
Ideas work best when they change shape as you learn more about them.
5) Be brave with your ideas — share them, play with them, prototype and experiment with them. Ideas like that kind of thing.
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” –Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist
6) Don’t feel isolated — especially if you start out working from home.
Enjoy the freedom of being your own business, and work in interesting new places that fuel your creativity.
7) Time is limited. Fact.
This isn’t going to change. Do something with the time you have — think big, start small, but do start.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” –Walt Disney
8) Ask for help.
You’re not wonderwoman / superman, and that’s ok.
9) Whatever you do, don’t stay stuck.
It’s easy to get in a rut and to fall into the same old patterns of thinking, and we all do it. But you don’t have to stay there.
We’ve had years of experience helping people solve their most thorny challenges — and have witnessed almost every shade of stuck. So, we wrote a handy list of foolproof ways to get unstuck. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear them.