You’ve got an itch that just won’t go away. You’re afraid to scratch it as it will only intensify. You dream of putting great products or services out into the world; the stuff that actually makes a difference in the lives of customers. But you’re afraid and a series of ‘what if’s’ plague your thoughts.
At every entrepreneurial workshop, talk or event I host or am asked to speak at I meet people pregnant with passion and yet painfully afraid of launching into the deep and scratching the itch to start their businesses. They’re afraid of failure, not knowing enough, not getting clients and terrified of seeing their passions dismissed or trivialized. Well, aspiring entrepreneur, let me share with you some encouragement that will hopefully get you working towards your business.
- Nothing ventured nothing gained. This is perhaps my favorite business quote. Each time I’m on the fence to approach a potential client or send a proposal, I remind myself I won’t get ahead if I don’t try, don’t take risks, don’t put myself out there.
- Go big or go home. This expression means to go all the way to do something or go home and not bother. It also means doing what needs to be done to succeed, doing things wholeheartedly or not at all. In short, don’t half-ass it! If you’re serious about starting your business, go hard with it. Hard does not necessarily mean quitting your job and going full time or maxing out your credit cards to finance the business. It means investing you’re all, mentally and with heart to the process.
- The dream is free but the hustle is sold separately. Said a very wise person. Your dreams matter. Please, I’m imploring you to recognize that your dreams matter. You’ve wanted to open a sandwich shop since you were four, fine! You want to start a business creating homes from 100% recyclable material? That’s dope. The point is don’t let anyone dismiss or trivialize your dream. Remember, it is your dream. It has to matter to you. It’s not the dream of your doubters or opposition or your darling mom, so don’t expect them to get it or make it happen. Get yourself excited about your dream. And make moves towards it, no matter how small they may be. Get your hustle on cause anyone can dream but only a few manifest them with action.
- Stay hungry, stay foolish. Don’t you just love Steve Jobs? The man is a classic example of an entrepreneur who went hard after what he wanted. He also used the expression in tip 4, stay hungry, stay foolish, at a commencement address delivered in 2005 at Stanford University. Stay Hungry: don’t be too easily satisfied or grow too comfortable. That can be the death of an aspiring entrepreneur. Stay Foolish: don’t think that you know everything, stay curious and keep learning new things. Your craft will love you for honing your skills and knowledge.
- Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Listen, I think when God created us He puts little crumbs or nuggets of ideas and inspiration in us. We were to follow those and go on and create – create the life we want and the things that will impact our community and those around us. I also believe that the itch that can’t be scratched is the creative gene beckoning us to embrace our creativity and bring wonder to the world. No one needs to validate that inner calling to you. It’s innate and part of you. It needs no explanation or justification. So ignore their opinions and lean into your purpose, passion, and creativity!
Hopefully, this post has helped you in some way. Feel free to comment below or get in touch if you have any questions on entrepreneurship.